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C-blogs of 7-23-09 and Qalamarisms

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You know, it occurs to me that I haven't written anything substantial on my own blog here for far too long. In part I suppose that's because doing the recaps once a week has given me enough of an outlet to share the game-related thoughts and musings I would normally post in my "official" blog. This point was driven home recently when someone sent me an e-mail asking about the Pokemon tournament I tried to run more than 5 months ago?!? Where does the time go? Well, that's been at the top of my list for far too long, and I mean to change it this very night, come hell, high water, or necrotic apocalypse. I do hope the community at large will be pleased by the results.

I myself was quite pleased with the results of the last 24 hours bloggings. In particular, I liked the very topmost link in the Topsauce tonight, and I offer up a challenge to our community to continue the work that WalkYourPath has begun.


*-WalkYourPath wrote a great field guide to gaming in his hometown, Austin. I'd love to see more of these guides written by the widespread Destructoid community about where they play and game locally. What say you Dtoid, are you up to the challenge?
*-BulletMagnet wrote a novella comparing Soul Bubbles on the DS to some of his favorite Disney cartoons as a child. Intrigued? You should be. Get comfortable, give yourself a few minutes, and read something deeply personal by an eloquent author.
*-Monodi's Top 7 Lost Heroes looks at some protagonists that had solid debuts and then ended up on milk cartons. Hard to argue with any of the choices here.
*-Gangles has an interesting take on the Twilight's Edge lawsuit. I dunno, I laughed.


A-SuitcoatAvenger's article on missed opportunities in gaming is spot on, and surely would have been promoted during last month's Musings. That is in itself a missed opportunity.
M-JT Icefire's Musing takes us back to Ivalice and the calm before a decisive battle. The prose on display here is incredible.
A-One of this week's game related stories revolves around the Chicago Transit Authority's refusal to carry advertisements for M-rated games. Musai weighed in on the topic, what do you think?
S-EternalDarkWing continues his quest to beat all his games on hard mode over the summer. This week: BioShock.
S-Like their US counterparts, the EU's game releases this week are dead dead dead. Guess this is that summer lull we always hear about.


C-Fellow recapper Magnalon is giving away a downloadable game for both the 360 and the PS3. You'll need Twitter to enter, and submissions are open until this Friday.


D-Mellowbunny attended the NYC launch party for Wii Sports Resort and shares some pictures of the same. The dichotomy of sand, palms and beach chairs in the heart of the city that never sleeps makes for some striking imagery, for damn sure.
D-Nilcam and some other Dtoiders attended Evo 2k9. Here you can read a postmortem on the show.
S-I love these photo posts detailing the goings-on in the official unofficial game trading forum thread. This time it's Doomsday Forte opening up a package from Arttemis.


N-Diverse brought news that the indie game La Mulana will soon be available on Wiiware. This being Nintendo, of course, "Soon" is a relative term.
N-LK404 thought that was newsworthy, as well.
N-News of the Halo anime broke early/late this morning/last night depending on how you look at things. TheCleaningGuy had the first report here at Destructoid.
N-Cutie Honey reports that a new Touhou 2D fighting game has been announced. Click for more details. Film at 11.
N-Yakuza 4 was announced, Covah weeps bitter tears.
R-EternalDeathSlayer's review of Ghostbusters also manages to belittle New Jersey and promote Monkey Island. I am behind all three of these things 100%.
R-DaedHead8 reviewed Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram, now available via XBLA. VOOT is just a fun word to say out loud. Voot, voot, voot.
R-Engles reviewed The Conduit. Gonna have to give this one a spin soon.
R-Tanukitsune thinks you should buy 'Splosion Man right this very moment. I'd be happy to comply, but I lack the hardware.
R-Wry Guy reviewed one of the games I let slip through my fingers long ago, Rez.
R-TeknoDwarf gave us a review of Secret of Monkey Island's special edition.
T-Vimeo doesn't think the Call of Duty name is all that important to Modern Warfare 2. Oh, wait. My bad, his name is Vimto.*
T-The DRMaster has a list of things it'd be nice to see in the sequel to Left 4 Dead. ([tangent]is that Doctor Master, or Digital Rights Management Aster? Isn't an Aster a type of daisy? That'd be a weird avatar name. [/tangent])
T-There were a couple of Cblog responses to the latest Rev Rant. Bleep's proposes a type of indy game collective...
T-While NihonTiger90 dissects the argument point by point and calls us out for fearing change.
T-Finally, Nekobun has some wishes/pipe dreams for the US localized version of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom.


A-JACK of No Trades returns from the dead with some good looking Star Wars themed renderings. That's no moon...
M-CDJ2300 briefly considers the role of music in games after having missed the VGL concert in Pittsburgh.
F-OldBeardGuy's review of Watchmen on Blu-ray. I think he liked it.


R-Michiyoyoshiku has some forgotten Namco games that haven't been flogged to death like Pac-Man. I agree that everyone should have the opportunity to play Outfoxies at least once.
R-Aaaaaand one more from Konami.
R-It's hard being a gamer outside the usual US-EU-JP trinity. Victor Stillwater knows this all too well.
?-Altered is doing a blow-by-blow playthrough of a game I'd never heard of called Pathologic. It looks quite interesting.
R-That Halo Anime thing? Redzie totally called it.
C- I'm not exactly sure what happened here, there are some comments missing. In any case, the article might be improved with some art or something to break up the text, and perhaps a more to-the-point title.



F- No. Just no.
F-Bwuh?


-(Qalamari)
*That was intentional and like WAY meta, dude.
FPoTD
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