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C-blogs of 12-29-08 and Qalamarisms

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Ah, the final Monday of the year is behind us. Before I get started I'd like to publicly thank our wonderful team of reserve recappers who covered for me the last two weeks while work was kicking me right between the cheeks. SilverDragon in particular has been doing yeoman's work in making sure we didn't miss an update.

We're closing in on the end of the year, and that's often a catalyst for people to look back, take stock, and reminisce about the time gone by. It's also a time to look forward to the year to come, and people have been using their C-blog accounts to do both.

Did 2008 feel especially long to you? You're not just imagining things. In addition to the leap year day at the end of February, 2008 will have one additional Leap Second added before the astral odometer resets for the year. I recommend using that last extra second to play a WarioWare Microgame... or a reasonable facsimile, like Four-Second Frenzy.







*-NihonTiger90 wants the best community moment and story of the year. Help him out, won't you?
*-Laxluster's series on raising a gamer continues with a review of Christmas toys and why you should always keep the remote handy while playing Fallout 3.
*-VGMan wrote a friggin' BOOK about Rhythm Tengoku. He really knows what he's talking about though, so set aside some time and have a look.
*-Atlas and CTZ whip `em out and grab a ruler. I'm not sure who won, but the comments are great.


S-RonBurgandy2010's Dtunes episode 56 records tonight. Or would, if it were a podcast.
S-The final "What'd you get?" of the year. NihonTiger90 got a new sig banner. Very nice.
A-GamingGoddess is playing through one of the early Tomb Raider games and writing about it. I've never played a TR game in my life, but this is quite well written.
A-This'd be better with some pictures to break up the wall of text, but it's clear some thought went into Saint Demon's list of the 10 worst videogame movies.


W-Not sure if this was from a contest, but Shipero got something pretty spiffy from Maxvest.
W-Togail won that sweet, sweet Persona 4 prize pack. I think I speak for everyone here when I say congratulations, you son-of-a-bitch.


I-Cotton McKnight's introductory post. Welcome to Destructoid. Please get an avatar.
I-ShovetheJayOhBee introduces him or herself by sharing some of their favorite Flash games. Welcome, and thank you for ensuring this blog went up late. =p
C-NihonTiger wants some advice on what to get at the Steam Sale.
C-DeadMovieStar has been a D-toid member for 2 years now. Not too shabby.


N-Call of Duty World at War was on sale earlier today. N-gage version ftw.
T-Some thoughts and mockups of the potential future of handhelds. Nintendo isn't gonna drop the touch screen. Haven't you heard it prints money?
T-Covah is surprised that there are idiots on XBL. Well, maybe not. The header image is worth the price of admission.
T-How is the remake of Chrono Trigger selling?
T-Aurion (formerly Funky Goodness) has a top ten of 2008 list you may want to see.
R-AgentMoo reviews Crazy Penguin Catapult. Looks like fun.
D-RandomBullsEye is still doing some clean-up work on BonerQuest. He's hired the best to help.
D-For example, Tascar did a great job on the music.
T-An eclectic top ten list by NotAZombie.
N-News about a possible Tatsunoko vs. Capcom sequel is already being batted around. The original must be good. Shame it'll never come stateside.
R-Review of Virtua Racing by Rider Chop.


A-Faith made a pink, pixelated Master Chief out of Perler beads. Have a look!
A-Miss Rio is having a sale at her Etsy store.
F-ShinjiRightHand reviews an Xbox Live movie called Raptor Island. Clever girl. Boy. Whatever.
F-The Chun Li movie trailer was released today.
S-BlindSideDork got something pretty sweet for Christmas. And tells where to buy a dismemberable zombie doll.
S-DrachulaX's Santa must have gotten a shipment from The Penguin's armorer. A gauntlet is cast down before BlindsideDork.


R-Free Disney ticket on your birthday. That's nice, but NVGR. The last line kinda hurt, too.
V-Mel Brooks does the Hitler Rap. Was this before or after The Producers?
C-Video from an XNA game. Not even a Morgan Freeman soundalike can save this one.
?-Starts out being about fear, morphs into being about boobs, then somehow wraps around to being about fear again. Very entertaining read.
C-Gotta agree with Atlas. 2007 is so 2007.


S-Blindside posted last weeks VGCats about Left4Dead. Christmas was last week, dude.
F-[/Bad blog] indeed.
F-Twitter is thataway.




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Current "Bloggers Wanted" assignment
Fake it until you make it

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
-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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