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C Blogs of 12/18/12 + Wrenchisms

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Hey guys, what did Santa bring to Steam this year? A big giant rip-off with War Z apparently!

Before release there were murmurs that the game was a blatant copycat of the indy cult-hit Day Z, despite the developers insistence that they were in development before the popular Arma II mod ever hit the net. Even so, the similarities between the two titles were hard to ignore. When a game comes out trying to capitalize on a beloved free-indy mod with a F2P scheme and in-game cash-shop, you set your expectations accordingly. I never thought much of WarZ, but even I never anticipated things going so wrong so quickly. Some of the dirt coming out is almost so galling it's unbelievable.

Bald face lies on WarZ's steam info page, with misinformation on everything from server size to the square footage of the game-world. Large areas of the game still contain Alpha-tags and development scaffolding this isn't a matter of being unpolished, this game isn't finished. The biggest red flag is the last second inclusion of micro-transaction respawns. Yes, you heard that right, you have to pay to get your character up and moving again, to the tune of $0.40 a pop. Or you can wait four hours to play again, because that certainly is a viable option right, right?

Absolutely disgusting. This is exactly the kind of crappy F2P racket stuff that makes me worry about the future of gaming. I really hope all of these analyst saying F2P is going to be the way of the future, and big single player AAA games will be a relic of the past, are talking out of their butts. I don't want a future of pay-to-respawn and .50 cent ammo clips.


- Run away from this scam of a game!

Speaking of crappy F2P games, my own hypocritical addiction, MWO had a major update! That's right, just after writing a new user guide detailing why your few hours of the game will suck, PRI went ahead and made it a lot better! New players now get a major in-game currency bonus for their first 25 matches, enough that you will probably be able to buy a real decent mech within your first 10 and have it pimped out before the bonus ends. Yay!

* - Has it been a full year of Secret Moon Base transmissions already!? Check out the best of year picks by the video game podcast with the largest number of references to the clitoris on the net.

* - Wow, this looks really cool! I'll definitely be giving Skullface a try.

* - I never played this at all back in the day. Weird, I was pretty up on SNES stuff. I'm not sure if Phantom 2040 is quite the Metroid killer LeSamourai thinks it is, but it is worth checking out this forgotten title.

* - It's a preview! It's a review. It's Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight! I haven't been keeping up with this project so it was nice to see all the games given a quick once over in one place. Cool stuff.

A - Santa Tobbii has a Christmas surprise! Was this year's best game an MMO? Might just be.

A - Playing past favourites again can be like visiting an old friend. JewPac has a few classic PC titles he'll come back to again and again.

A - It is the end of the year so it's time for all our "best of" lists! BlinkingPixels has his top 5 PS games. Dark Souls makes the cut, so you know I love that.

P - Taco Tuesdays, it's the best episode yet!

A - Stop whining you old timers. MonkeyKing1969 is sick of yo' shit.

T - The Neo-Geo X might be the definition of a niche product. To see them miss some obvious key points with fans is disheartening. Nilcam wants to steer them back to the right path.

T - CaimDark gets whacked out on moonsugar and posts some (spolierish) Skyrim exploits.

T - The twelve games of Christmas continues with a look at FFIX.

R - Lenigod encourages us to all eat healthy and collect plenty of firewood with his enthusiastic look at the interesting Don't Starve.

? - Not sure what to think of this Empower.me stuff. Seems scammy? Well, the guy have Day of Defeat written in bold in his personal description, so he can't be all bad.



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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.

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I've never run a contest before, so let's keep things simple. Write me a haiku about your favorite game.

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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.

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