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I don't go to movies all that often, but my brother had an unexpected day off that corresponded to my own and it seemed like a shame not to take advantage of that. When the day came, it was a gray, angry, rainy day that seemed as though the sky would open up at any moment, so our options for an activity we could do together were somewhat limited. I suggested we could meet at a recently opened movie theatre and he agreed that sounded like the best course of action. The movie we ended up watching together was Denzel Washington's latest: The Book of Eli.

My friends, if you played and enjoyed Fallout 3 or its predecessors in the slightest, you owe it to yourself to see this movie. The visuals, the sense of desolation, and the tone of the story are damn near identical. I don't want to give away too much about it, though this being the internet, you may already have had the ending spoiled for you. I'll just say that I walked out of the theatre with two desires: I want to see the movie again, knowing what I learned near the end, and I wanted to play some Fallout 3. Anyone who's on my friends list on PSN knows I've been indulging in the latter at every available opportunity over the last week or so.


Dude must have the Grim Reaper's Sprint perk.

If you're interested in learning a little more about the movie, 1up's 4 guys, 1up podcast did an interview with the screenplay writer, Gary Whitta. It's quite interesting, especially if you think you might want to write for a living. Whitta's probably best known in our circles as the founder of PC Gamer magazine, and on the podcast he tells how he went from that to writing a post-apocalyptic adventure movie, among other projects. You can find the podcast behind this link, and then scroll down to the show from 12/04/09 with toon Link's head next to the description.

Right, enough of that, let's get to the recaps. Don't forget to find the Simpsons reference in today's post.


*-Ask not what you can do for Destructoid, tell Destructoid what it can do for you. If you have any suggestions, this is the place to share them.
*-Skribble knows you're playing the new Aliens Vs. Predator wrong. But it's ok! The first step is admitting you have a problem, the second is acceptance, and the third is reading this guide to learn how to play the game right.
*-With Valentine's day less than a week away, Handy ponders some of the greatest love stories to be found in gaming, tongue firmly implanted in cheek. Romance is dead. It was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece-by-piece.
*-Xelviar wants you to know about a phishing scam/virus that could potentially corrupt your Steam account and cause you to lose all your games. Forewarned is forearmed, so take a few moments and educate yourself.
*-Fryfry poured his heart out in memory of a close friend. I can't really add anything to this, but it's a touching story.
*-Entrager and Agent Moo are donating all proceeds from their respective Xbox Live Indie Games to the Red Cross for Haiti this week. Good on ya, gentlemen.


A-Stevil admits his undying love for Helen Mirren in this Mass Effect 2/ article, which contains some minor spoilers.
A-Panda Cookies thinks you should play these five games. Qalamari thinks you should, too.
A-Novakaine thinks this is the golden age of advertising for video games. What say you?
A-Marktime argues that games don't necessarily have to be fun to be successful. What's your opinion?
A-GameZombie thinks that recent handheld Zelda outings have lacked a certain something. What that might be is harder to pin down
S-Chainsawface proves that luck isn't always a dump stat in his Musing.
S-NihonTiger90 isn't allowed to buy anything until after his birthday, but What'd You Get?
M-CapsuleX's Musing advocates returning to a game you thought had beaten you.
M-JC83 may not be an expert at anything, but his Musing says balance is best.
P-Failcast episode 58 is about love.


No one got the exact quote for last week, but Celicacrazed came closest. "Be there or kindly be square" is a quote from Apu's brother Sanjay as he invited Apu to his yearly party in the episode "22 short films about Springfield." If you're wondering what all this is about, check last week's recaps.


D-Puppy Licks checks in from Hong Kong with some pictures from the 2009 Asia Games Expo.
I- Welcome Hamza Sirin to Destructoid. No relation.
I-Greetings are also in order for Sidother, whose initial blog compares Jason Statham to Master Higgins. Flawlessly. I am now convinced, they are one and the same.


N-Dronkmonk shares some new Fallout: New Vegas screens and info. Looking good, Obsidian.
R-Leogeo reviewed a free to play game that sounds like it combines an interesting mix of genres, Global Agenda.
R-Lazyhoboguy reviewed Sniper Elite after discussing monkeys and urination.
T-Daniel Andres lets us know what he's playing this week.
T-DeerDog shares some thoughts on M.A.G. and King of the Hill.


Once again we are nothing more than a load of uncouth barbarians, poking at the mud with sticks in a vain attempt to understand the culture that surrounds us.


L-Ygro Wok looks back at an alternate universe version of Sonic 4, and throws in a look at Sonic 6 as well.
R-CapsuleX wrote about some licensed games that didn't suck. Shame that's the exception rather than the rule.
R-Occam's Electric Toothbrush shared some free-floating thoughts about life, games and Po'boys.
C-I don't think this guy understands links to outside blogs and no other content does not a cblog make. Last warning before Failtoid.


F-If I wish to hire an iPhone developer, I shall make certain not to hire one who cannot consistently and correctly use proper punctuation and spacing.
F-The only way this could be more wrong in my opinion is if the van had "FREE CANDY" painted on the side.

-(Qalamari)

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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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