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C-Blogs of 3-25-10 and Qalamarisms

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What's this? Some kind of witchcraft? A hideous, glaring mistake? (Well, maybe.) A time-space anomaly resulting from a spacewarp?


I still have a shirt like the dude on the left in my closet somewhere. God I feel old.

Nahhhh. Actually, our newly-greyscaled Thursday recapper has joined the multitudes winging their way to Boston this weekend for the inaugural PAX East show. Jet lag and spotty internet connectivity have presumably worked their wonder twin powers on him, so I'm filling in. Simple as that.

I'd like to thank those of you who answered my question on Monday about what PC game I should try next. Despite an early lead, Borderlands faltered in the stretch and it looks like my next challenge will be to guide Marcus and Dom through the dreary future the Locusts have created.

Anyway, I've got a lot to get through, looks like lots of people want to get in on this month's Musing before the calendar rolls over. Let's get to it.


*-Capm Trevo uses science to decode the mysteries of the RPG, coming to a shocking conclusion! The first in what will hopefully become a new series.
*-God, Enkido, this is fantastic. It's like poetry in my mouth. Music in my eyes. All that and a grim warning of things to come.
*-Steph Louise K's Musing makes a modicum of modesty its motive.
*-Beyamor writes the last review you'll ever need to read about any game's sequel. It's only funny because it's true.
*-Low Tech had the good fortune to write a Pokemon blog on my watch. This might get the topsauce anyway though, since it's a great introduction to hidden stats using language anyone can understand.


A-Cadtalfryn writes that as much as the gameplay in No More Heroes 2 was improved, it lost something intangible with the change.
A-At the time of this writing, Velt's post about hysteria and censorship didn't have any comments, and that's a damn shame.
A-Randombullseye freely admits he's an asshole in games. And that's OK!
M-DanielCampbell's Musing encourages us to buy with the brain up top.
M-While not an officially licensed Monthly Musing, Om Nom Nom on Souls' article certainly fits the theme. Apparently owning a console can get you laid?
M-Dr Light Ate Your Magicite thinks that for sex in games to move forward, the medium as a whole must mature.
S-It's Thursday, so it's time for Gemsi's EU release dates.
P-Animucast episode 8 is available for your listening pleasure.
P-321Gocast episode 12 is now live and features one of Dtoid's newest editors, Mr. Andrew Kauz.


C-Tray Ben has an extra Persona 4 poster and all he wants in return is your comment.


C-JT Icefire's gonna be at PAX, but he feels a little nervous. Don't worry, you're in for a great time!
C-Count Grishnack's been having a significantly less great time. The support of the community is heartwarming to see, though.
R-Robert Culp, voice of Dr. Wallace Breen in the Half Life sequels, died earlier today. He will be missed.
R-A fine actor and a terrific villain, dead at 79.


N-Nilcam wrote up a comprehensive guide to everything we learned about King of Fighters XIII today.
N-The Silent Protagonist brings word that Atlus will be replacing any defective copies of the music CD that shipped with their most recent game.
T-Ran24 shares this free flash games he describes as "Peggle with zombies." I'm sold.
T-Capsulex wrote about a game that legitimately scared him... and it's probably not what you're thinking.
T-Dr Face Doctor makes the argument that consoles are helping spur PC games to get better, not killing them. What do you think?
R-Ruicraveirinha's review of Machinarium convinced me to give the demo a spin.
R-DaedHead8 posted a spoiler-free review of Bad Company 2's single player campaign.
D-Beyamor's been fascinated by the concept of one-button games recently, and decided to take a run at the idea. You can try his creation here. That looks like 'Lectro Lemon. Is that supposed to be Lemon?


A-Aliens Vs. Predator Vs... Pooh bear? Oh bother, indeed. Nice find, Antwhan.
A-Jack Maverick arted a little.
M-The revelation that Jimi Hendrix's works would soon be available on Rock Band sent Occam's Electric Toothbrush into a frenzy of happiness and GIS.
F-Antwhan shares the trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Michael Cera's just been on a roll lately.
F-Mooks linked it too, and added some awesome VG related art.
F-TheJesusNinja recaps Lost.


C-This ended up not panning out, but it was an easy mistake to make. I feel bad putting this here, but it's not really news.
C-I love Metroidvania games, and I would like to hear more about the one you're making. A little more content next time would go a long way, though.


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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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