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C Blogs of 04/29/14 + Wrenchisms

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What? It's time for Tuesday caps AGAIN?

I'm playing Dark Souls 2, which probably explains how I've so thoroughly lost track of time. I can't put it down of course, but I'm conflicted.

There are all sorts of things I love about the game. It looks fucking GORGEOUS and I'm glad I had the patience to wait for the PC version. Summoning works roughly 8000 times better than it used to. The game certainly is still super hard, so all those worries about an easy, breezy, beautiful Undead journey can be put to rest. But like a goddamn monkey paw wish, it seems to be hard in all the wrong ways.

While there is plenty to love, there is also plenty to bemoan. I'm nowhere near done, so maybe some of these issues will be alleviated further on or I'll at least come to grips with them, but Jesus, what is going on? Why are there so many pitched 3 (or more) on 1 fights? I regretted my pure melee knight build about 5 hours in after getting stomped in the Bastille by mob after mob of greatsword wielding street gangs. Same with the bosses that like to toss in extra baddies or attack in a group. The fight with Smough and Ornstien stood out in DkS because it was one of a handful of multi-enemy boss fights, plus the other ones - Gargoyles, Pinwheel, if you even count Nito (I wouldn't), and the 4 Kings - paled in comparison. They obviously wanted to recapture that epic and intense feeling, but the new bosses lack the personality and uniqueness to pull it off. Honestly, most of these group boss fights have been more annoying than anything else, and I find myself NEEDING to summon in other players to deal with them rather than it just being a option. It irks me. On top of the gang fights, it seems like many enemies don't have a stamina gauge anymore, and just attack based on whim. Is the enemy out of gas and likely to pause between attacks, or will he randomly just start the same combo over again? Who can say!? Just swing and pray.

I was planning on doing a mostly solo run through the game the first time, but it's been so tough that I might just try and tour Drangelic with my bro if we can line up the time to get on at the same time. If DkS2 wants to gang up on us, I think it's only fair to even the odds.

* - If you never noticed, Voltech likes to write.

A - A reasonable look at Mario Golf's DLC plans. Doesn't seem so bad when you break it down.
C - Hoffmann would like to see community reviews get more prominence on the site. Interesting idea! Not sure how Dtoid could really implement it without weakening their official review statements or flooding the site with review bickering.

I - Nice introductory blog from Ashrawr, swing by and say hi!

R - Infinite Undiscovery sounds super strange!



The Ruin Sentinels can go fuck themselves. Seriously, who makes a 3-way boss fight that starts on a 2 meter wide balcony that punishes you with fall damage when you inevitably get gang fucked off the side? Ugggggghhh. 

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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
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-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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