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C-Blogs of 2-1-10 and Qalamarisms

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Welcome to February, ladies and gentlemen. I was looking over my recaps from January, and... well, I came to the conclusion that I'm either a fragile, delicate flower or a whiny little bitch. Each of them mentioned some malady or disease that had laid me low. You know what? I'm sick of being sick. I hereby resolve not to mention any deviation from my normal state of excellent health in my capacity as a cblog recapper... after this evening. If anyone catches me doing otherwise, I give you permission to track me down and slap me in the face with a bag of hot nickels.

Would you like to play a game? It should be no surprise to regular readers of these posts that I am a Simpsons fanatic. In honor of the show's 20th anniversary, I'm going to make it a point to hide a Simpsons reference in each recap I do for the rest of the year. (I've been doing so anyway, may as well make it official.) If you're the first to catch it, post a comment at the end of the blog with what you think it was and I'll post the winner in the next week's recap header. I'll keep a running total of who catches the references, and at the end of the year I may just have a prize for whoever ends up with the most.


Except this one. Contest starts... Now!

Some decent stuff in the blogs today. A mini-meme kicked off after Jim Sterling's article about Heavy Rain hit the web, Chad's getting pumped for the Puppy Bowl, and several developers made their names known today.


*-This is quite a Sterlingesque jab at Sterling himself. Like, way meta, dude.
*-Blehman is also pretty meta. And Xyzliac discovered a fundamental truth: Jim Sterling is like bacon.
*-The hits just keep on coming as RenegadePanda throws his hat into the ring.
*-And BrandNamecommercial takes things to their logical conclusion.
*-Chad posted... D'awwww. Lookit the puppy! Lookit his widdle paws!
*-CelicaCrazed might be a little disgraceful, but his confession makes for some entertaining reading.


A-Nekobun jumped on the bandwagon a little late, and Kraid had run out of Kirk .gifs by this point.
A-Clum-Z-Boy sure has been enjoying Mass Effect 2!
A-NihonTiger90, however, is scared of it.
A-Squirrelygod thinks the comments on our more controversial editors have fallen into a predictable sort of pattern, and backs it up with Deadpool. Hard to argue with that.
S-Nekobun's series on what Nintendo games would make good MMOs continues with this look at Metroid. I couldn't disagree with this choice more, but for why you'll have to check the comments.
S-Wry Guy may just be the biggest King of Fighters fan on the whole internet. Here's his love letter to KoF '95.
S-Dead Pixel Society Discussion gets off to a great start with their look at the action RPG Soul Blazer.
M-January may be over, but that doesn't mean you can't still expound on the Future. Zulkyr takes a look at the future of Real-time Strategy.


No contests today. Future winners of my thingy may show up here as well as the header.


E-PAX east is only 6 weeks away! DanLHaas wants you to be there or kindly be square.
I-Greetings to Space Monkeez, who managed to misspell "Destructoid" in his initial post. Rough start.
I-Welcome also to MurderMamba, whose initial post is a great, in-depth look at the "morality slider" in Mass Effect.
I-CapsuleX's introduction contained a mini-rant on Final Fantasy 9.
I-And our final introduction today is from Rizzerex, who started off on a bad foot but seems willing to learn.
R-Sega's pulling the plug on Phantasy Star Universe. Nekobun is not here to praise PSU, but to bury it.
B-Happy (belated) Birthday to the goddamn Batman.
H-Been far too long since I've seen someone's setup in the blogs. JusticeDude does it and does it right.
H-Not to be outdone, Kryptinite shows off his new and improved gaming setup. Try not to get jealous.


N-FuriousGeorge reports on the "New" "Sega" "Console."
P-MikeyD did a preview/review of the PCMMORPGFPS Global Agenda. If you understand that alphabet soup there, you're probably already the game's target audience.
T-Steve Scott breaks out the hoverbike for a profanity-laced, controller-flinging look back at Battletoads.
T-BloodyNine pontificated on EA's sudden lust for anime.
T-Jonathan Holmes has been playing No More Heroes 2 and offers up some thoughts on Suda 51's first direct sequel.
T-Zulkyr would like to know what adjectives you use to describe games?
P-For fans of Mixed Martial Arts, Andy Basantes has a question. Which of the competing MMA games are you more looking forward to?
D-Garganroo's game has a tenuous link to Heavy Rain, as one of the early names considered was "The Origami Killer."
D-PaulMode7's game Frozen Synapse has run into some problems, as all indie titles do. Here he explains how they've been dealt with, and invites questions from the community.


No culture today. We are a passel of Philistines.


V-Josh Bourgeois' quirky look at Sony's marketing department (aka the "stickdouches") is totally worth your 30 seconds.
C-Not a bad blog, but we generally like to get to know people before they start cross posting from other sites.
C-This is the sort of question that the forums excel at answering.
C- As is this.
C-I think this is about Kudegra's attempts to use a Dualshock 3 with his PC.
?-SAMA1984 is planning on writing up the adventures of some forumgoers and their supporting cast. Could be interesting.


F-Whether this is an ad or a troll, I'm not certain. Either way, it's unequivocally a failure.
F-This is undoubtedly a fail blog. But the .gif Kraid posted in response makes up for it in spades.

-(Qalamari)

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About Cblog Recaps

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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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