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C-blogs of 7-27-09 and Qalamarisms


Good early morning to you, ladies and gents. As you may have read last Monday, ScottyG will no longer be providing your Monday recaps. Fortuitously, the rest of Team Recap were willing to let me come back to where I started (though MegaStryke did threaten to "wrassle" me for it). I'd like to publicly thank MegaStryke for allowing me to move back to Mondays. In addition to being a fantastic writer and a stand up kinda guy he's now joined the squad as our regular Thursday recapper. This is just a minor cheese-moving incident, hopefully your service will not be affected by our behind-the-scenes machinations. Fear not: YTMNDs will still be featured on my first recap of every month. Does YTMoNDay sound too cheesy? If you're wondering why this particular recap is so late, well, you can blame Xbox Live's version of Magic: the Gathering and the 2-headed giant game I was playing "just one more!" of with a friend. We totally kicked Tezzeret's artifact-slingin' ass though, so it was worth it.

Being as it's so late, I'll attempt to be brief so the recaps won't be any later than they already are. Let's roll.

I love this picture, but I think the Ditto should be named "AutoBots."

*-Suck at fighting games? Want to improve your pitiful skills? Nilcam has some helpful suggestions.
*- And Wry Guy came back with a great counterpoint to Nilcam's blog. It's like they're fightin' or something. In some sort of game.
*-ZippyDuda's blog on how Sony can improve the PS3 sparked all sorts of discussion. And so far, no fanboy bullcrap... which was nice to see.
*-SephirothX clearly put some work into this blog about some upcoming games he's excited (or not so much) about, but I'll be honest: I'm really promoting this because of the Matlock clip about 3/4 down.

A- Drunken Haze provides a way to live without Activision, and a list of alternatives/reasonable facsimiles.
A-Michiyoyoshiku made a list of some games he thinks are underrated.
A-Today marked the twentieth anniversary of the release of Mother in Japan... that's Earthbound Zero on this side of the pond. Happy Mother Day from Monodi!
A-Arch649 breaks down the current state of gaming and asks a simple question... aren't games supposed to be FUN?
A-Christopher J Oatis shared his hopes for the final (for now) Fallout 3 DLC, Mothership Zeta.
A-Nerdy Suit went deep undercover to bring you this harrowing tale of what church ladies think we as gamers look like from the outside. Chilling
S-Every Monday, Nihontiger90 asks What'd You Get? Also, HOLY $#!% PAX IS IN A MONTH!
P-Original Gamer podcast 16 is now available.
P-Backwards Compatible did not record.

Bupkiss. The below video contains some very naughty words, so be aware of that if you're reading this at work.

E-Are you going to PAX? Well why not? Look at how many of your fellow robots are going!
E-Whoa, Dtoid HQ is moving to California? Florida's loss is California's gain... although I live here, and economically, it's a TERRIBLE time to move to the Golden State.
F-TewDee thinks that with all the fighters that've been coming out lately, a dedicated night to play them with others might be in order. Can you help?
F-Krahsh has done the community a solid and set up a dedicated server for Call of Duty Friday Night Fights. Good on you, sir.
S-Kezins found a new, Wilford Brimley approved reason to love his Wii.
S-Perri's been having a rough time of it. See what's been keeping him away from Destructoid for over a month, and commiserate if you would be so inclined.
I-CinciFrag made their introductions. If you live within broadcast range of WKRP, have a look.

N-Covah beat the front page with the news that Fat Princess is finally hitting PSNetwork this week.
N-And I'm not sure who won posting the news that a new The Darkness game has been announced.
N-Diverse shares news that Hammerfall has been renamed to Hammerfight. You can still try the demo, and he provided a handy, hammery link.
R-Tubatic reviewed Bushido Blade for the Wii. Except Nintendo called it Wii Sports Resort.
T-Ausroller ponders: what makes a game a classic? Especially on the N64?
T-Toumouz has a Zoni avatar. Unsurprisingly, he's looking forward to Ratchet and Clank's latest adventure.
T-Patters doesn't care for numbers in reviews. Unfortunately, the system in place makes them a necessity.
R-Caeolos gives a firsthand impression of Rock Band: Unplugged for the PSP.
T-Tigerfangred91 played Passage for the first time, and it moved him to write something. I think that the proof that this game really is art is the fact that some people don't "get" it... just like paintings, film, and literature.
T-Wolfman288 shares his thoughts about Achievements and how they might be better utilized.
V-Unangbangkay posted a Monster Hunter video and shared some thoughts about how the series could gain success on the gaijin side of the Pacific.
T-Javet tackles the old dimensional debate with a stubborn friend. 2D isn't dead, it's just... sleeping.
R-SyntaxError begins what may be a new regular feature called "Memories from my PSOne." The first entry is a solid start.
T-Suitcoat Avenger is looking forward to the special edition of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Balls.
T-Tanukitsune continues to work against his backlog, and got it under three digits this week.
T-Hoborg managed to write a blog without pissing off half the world, asking for advice on purchases later in the year.

M-P4KO made a sweet rock remix from Shinobi 3.
M-Blazblu's music has been getting a lot of attention, so it was inevitable that someone would downsample it into an 8-bit version. Shin Oni, thanks for sharing... I LOVE this kind of stuff.
M-Zen Albatross' Music Monday celebrates Mother's 20th anniversary this week.
F-Kjohnson1585 is writing a Ratchet and Clank screenplay. Gotta be better than Uwe Boll, right?
S-Paul Soth scored big at his local secondhand shop.
S-Altair78 needed some swag-related advice. Bouncy bouncy.

R-It always amazes me how badly screwed people outside of North America, Europe and Japan get screwed when it comes to games. Europe has it bad, but Rafael Arbulu tells how far he's being asked to bend over in Brazil.
R-Reveille wrote some Red Faction fanfiction, but couldn't resist working in some DOOM.
C-So this year's Madden is pretty much the same as last year's? I don't play sports games all that much, but is this really news to anyone?
?-Animated Toupee rolls his own cigarettes. Smoking is bad, m'kay?

F-Everyone is entitled to their own tastes and opinions. My opinion is that your taste in videos is terrible.
F-Don't ever do this again.


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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.


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

-Aporia: Beyond The Valley (Multiple Keys)
-The Witness
-Citadel: Forged With Fire (Multiple Keys)

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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