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I played a little bit of Luftrausers this weekend, and boy howdy that's a swell game. I love the combination of retro graphics and vintage design sensibilities. Every menu screen, effect, and cinematic it has to offer sings to my soul. On top of looking pretty, Luftrausers is one of those games that just feels good to play. The sensation of momentum as you hurl your Rauser through the air is perfect. The balance between shooting to wipe out enemies and keep the score multiplier going versus backing off and healing up damage is easy to understand, but thrilling to put into practice. The tricky split second maneuverings when your trying to negotiate a decent shot on a submarine without eating a stream of bullets is the stuff dreams/nightmares are made of. It's soul food for gamers.

I just wish I wasn't so god-awfully terrible at it.

But c'est la vie. Not all of us were destined to be ace fighter pilots of the 2D skies I guess. I'll have to content myself with my ability to rock a Titan. I might not be a Titanfall wunderkind either, but at least I can usually get by without embarrassing myself and splashing into the ocean seconds after launch. Plus, no evil German scientist laughs at me when I auto-eject in a nuclear haze.

It might just be that I'm playing them both at the same time, but I can't help but wish Titanfall could borrow a few tricks from Luftrausers. How cool would it be if Titans were assembled out of a collection of unlockable parts that gave them slightly different visual profiles and dynamic names like the Rausers? I would love to see a bit more customization in that department. Titanfall's tepid campaign storyline could have sprinkled in some much needed spice if they tossed in the occasional enemy ace or serious NPC threat, just like the aces and blimps of Luftrausers. I understand that a game like Titanfall needs to keep the focus on the player, but c'mon, that campaign is seriously flat.
 
While you occasionally see a computer controlled Titan milling about at the start of a campaign mission, its generally walking free points. Despite being the NPC avatar of some serious badass in the Titanfall world, those computer Titans have zero impact or gravitas. I think it would be much cooler if some missions were punctuated by the arrival of a serious ace Titan, a badass with an extra thick slab of armour that takes the attention of multiple teammates to keep from running amuck. Or if you could unleash a wave of disposable Grunts depending on who was winning or holding objectives. A group of Spectre robots possessed by the malicious Spyglass A.I that were much tougher and deadly than your run of the mill killbots would be interesting to see. Just something to throw in a curve ball.

Ah well, it's all just cloud talk. I'll just quietly hold out hopes for a horde mode in the DLC or sequel.

* - Hey now! This is how you do a YouTube blog! Instead of just dropping off a video and scurrying away, Lachhh has done the work and included a blog with the salient points of the video included. The blog has some good points about F2P games and the video is well produced to boot. Good stuff!

A - Aaron Anglin has been having trouble securing press passes for conventions. I would have to wager that major conventions see enough media presence that they simply don't feel the need to hand out passes to individual bloggers.

N - PSA: The latest Vita update might brick your expensive memory card. Ouch.

R - A review for Space Invaders? Okay.




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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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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

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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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