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C-blogs of 10-19-09 and Qalamarisms

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For various reasons, I've spent the majority of the past three days unplugged-- bereft of internet connectivity by choice. It was lovely, but it always seems as though catching up and returning to my daily habits takes much longer than the laws of time and space would have you believe.

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Although I was offline, I didn't stop playing games. I'm on what I believe to be the final story mission in Brütal Legend, and even if I never touch the multiplayer I think I've gotten my money's worth out of the game's expansive, demon-infested open world. For those who have been put off by Nick Chester's review, I'd urge you to give the game another look. While I usually avoid the Real-Time-Strategy genre, I can't keep myself away from this one. The fully realized vision of a world where it isn't strange that chrome tailpipes spring from the ground and spiders spin webs of thick, turgid bass guitar strings is so very different from anything I've ever seen before-- it's easy to recommend at least giving the game a chance. It's kind of strange that a genre that usually has you so far removed from the characters... and in some cases, the characters are quite literally faceless... can have some of the most engaging stories in the medium.


*-SurplusGamer does a far better job of saying what I'm thinking than I just did.
*-A follow-up to his last article denigrating status effects, Kauza doubles down with WalkYourPath to suggest some new alternatives to the old standbys.
*-Balth asks a poignant question; Do you replay your games? The older I get, the more I say No.
*-I hope Handy's list of game lessons that don't work in real life gets a follow-up.
*-Sure, Activision is evil. But TheRookieMonster analyzed just exactly how sinister their latest PC moves really are.
*-In the aftermath of the weekend fundraiser, TripleZero realized that not all gamers are apathetic losers.
*-Oh god. I'm going to be violently ill.


A-The Kojukinator's defense of Brutal Legend is vigorous and, well, brutal.
A-A long form version of John Gabriel's Greater Internet Dickwad Theory, by Bugsport. Worth a look.
A-Danzflor shows how games are sold in his country, Chile... and it's pretty clear that marketers in Latin America have their work cut out for them.
M- Monodi's Musing yearns for a little color in his soul.
S-Tanukitsune battled the evil Seth in his quest to reduce his backlog.
P-The Tuesday Night Rant just posted its initial episode. Um, I'm pretty sure it was still Monday when this went live.
P-Failcast has made it to 50 episodes! Congratulations, gentlemen.


W-Boomsling gave away some prizes in a CoD4 tourney... here's the video of the final.
C-Though the SCUMM contest is now over, the Destructoid Artisans thought they should give you one last chance to get your submissions in.


E-The first rule of Capcom Fight Club is that you can talk about it all you want. DtoidNewYork will be there.
D-RocketBlender went to the Borderlands launch party in Texas. We expect photos, sir.
S-Paul Soth shares some cool stuff that happened at Season's Beatings IV.
C-Crunshii wanted some help picking a laptop. The community's response: don't.
C-TheJesusNinja26 needed advice whether to dance with the one what brung him.
C-AKK needed help deciding whether to buy Borderlands or Brutal Legend.
I-StevenXOnward introduces himself with this review of Magna Carta 2. Welcome to Destructoid.


N-This is neat, if offbeat. CaptainBus brings word that mice (the squeaking kind, not the clicking kind) are being taught to run mazes in virtual reality. Soon they'll be able to play Doom.
N-de BLOO informs us that Capcom has posted some Third Strike mockups.
T-Occam's Electric Toothbrush completed Brutal Legend and is moving on to Demon's Souls. Metal, Noise, Blood and Fire.
T-OneManRiotSquad is really hyped up for Smackdown Vs. Raw 2010. Snap into a Slim Jim, yo.
T-Sorry, Kwaselow-- I'm pretty sure Reverend Anthony called dibs on Carmen years ago.
R-BlurryPhoenix reviewed Uncharted 2. Not touching that one until I finish off Doviculous.
R-TheDustinThomas reviewed Uncharted 2's single player.
R-Shin Oni reviewed Dungeon Fighter Online.


A-Lotsa Halo themed wallets for sale at ThingFling.


L-Hey, that dog has bosoms!
V-Analoge started a new feature: Mindf*uck Monday. He started with the classic WTF movie Koyaanisquatsi.



None? Again? You guys're spoiling me. Have some Water.




-(Qalamari)

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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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