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C Blogs of 12/31/11 and 1/1/12 + New Year's SilverDragonisms



I hope you all had an awesome 2011. I can certainly say without a doubt that 2011 was probably the best year of my entire life. I got married on the beautiful island of St. Croix, saw a ton of family and friends I haven't seen in over a decade, went on an incredible honeymoon, sold my old bachelor pad, and bought a brand new house that my wife and I hope to one day start a family in. It going to be extremely hard to top that going forward.

That's not to say that 2011 didn't have it's low points as well for me. My grandmother passed away, my best friend who've I've known for over 20 years moved away across the ocean to Sweden, and another one of my best friends had one of the worst years of her life. I unfortunately know a good number of people who had a bad year. I'm really hoping that things turn around for them in 2012, because they all deserve to have a good year for once.

I also hope all of you in the Dtoid community have a good year in 2012. The year is only just beginning, and none of us truly know how things are going to turn out. One ordinary day might turn into an absolutely extraordinary day without you even knowing it. That's the great thing about life; yolu never truly know what the next day will bring. Here's to hoping that all your days are better than the last.

Happy New Year Destructoid!

*-Caitlin Cooke tells us about the gaming themes that were on her mind in 2011.

*-Culture vs. Creativity: Where do Stories come from?

*-Gunsage presents the Fantastic World of Japanese Games - Episode 1.

*-Manasteel88 wrote an epically long post sharing his thoughts on many of the games he played in 2011.

A-Enigmaticmuffin tells parents how not to be ignorant aobut the games their kids are playing.

M-Resolutions: Rebooting the gamer that I am.

M-Resolutions: Throwing dirt clods, and pulling grass.

M-Resolutions: Tack a fish to a wall with a tack.

M-Resolutions: You play to Win the Game

M-Resolutions: Subtitle

R-Resolutions: Achieve Something

S-Randombullseye tells us 10 new year gaming resolutions he has for 2012.

S-Doublebrew's new years resolution is to start a semi-daily public journal, which he begins with this post.

S-lostleader's new years resolution is to beat 60 games in 2012.

S-VenusInFurs couldn't sleep, so he shared all these random thoughts with us instead.

N-Two more characters were leaked for Street FIghter X Tekken.

R-Karutomaru reviews Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny.

R-StealthMaster reviews Rage on the PS3.

T-Dr. Rainbow presents his game of the year awards.

T-Nemowsz starts the year off by speculating on the possible games that will come out on the PS Vita.

T-Jack the Ripper has a Skyrim tale to share with us all.

T-Jack the Ripper shares another Skyrim tale with us. Warning Spoilers!

The Cblogs had no culture this weekend.

R-Happy New Year from Torzelan

R-This is an extremely random blog about gamer girls

R-The Silent Protagonist rants that he shouldn't have to defend that gaming is a legitimate hobby.

F-We begin the last weekend of the year with a Failblog.

F-Spaghetti and Meetballs .... YUM! ... I mean FAIL!

F-More weekend fail.

F-With a new year comes new fail blogs.


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Last week, in the quick posts of Destructoid's community, we saw the rise and fall of community manager Wesley J. Russow. He rose to prominence with his immutable power, only to see it come crashing down as the working class clambered beneath him and tore him down. Truly, the life and times of Westopher G. Raggamuffins was a lesson in live fast, burn hot, crash spectacularly.

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This month's Bloggers Wanted is about your favorite heel-turns or anti-heroes (in case a heel turn is too specific). Do you like it when Ryu turns into Evil Ryu? Or maybe you like Injustice, with its built in heel-turn Superman? I won't claim to understand the time line of Revolver Ocelot between Snake Eater and Guns of the Patriots, but I love that knucklehead.

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