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C-blogs of 8-03-09 and YTMoNDay


This was an excellent day to be a recapper. There were a ton of introductions from all around the world, Togail, Suitcoat Avenger, Grumpyturtle, AND Mikey all decided to do art blogs today, The return of dTunes, plus this month's Musing topic was announced. Believe me when I say there was a lot of great stuff, so it was hard to choose just a few to recommend for topsauce.

It's my first recap for the month, so as promised, it's time for some YTMNDs.

A wild Diglett appears!(NSFW audio)
You never hear the one that gets you.
You played it for her, you can play it for me...
They're makin' Tron 2!(NSFW audio)
Toad's Turnpike
Ninja Golf 3, for the NES.
An epic showdown.
Chuck Mangione: NES version.
Is this really more far fetched than an Asteroids movie?
Someone went and crossed Metal Gear Solid with Dolemite.(NSFW audio)
The URL and music really sell this one.Leave it open on a coworker's desktop for maximum hilarity.
What if Pixar made Katamari Damacy?
Samus dances with a Metroid.

And a YTMND post just wouldn't be complete without some Random Man Now, Dogs.

Beach balls were banned for a brief period following the American Revolutionary war.
Joey Pants feels snubbed.
You will not remember this YTMND.

*-WalkYourPath did an amazing interview with the owner of one of the last operating arcades in his Austin Hometown. This is a great read, I can't recommend it enough to fans of the cabinet culture.
*-Mikey's been incredibly busy lately, but this art dump of his character models for the Destructoid comic is beyond fantastic. As a bonus, there's some Mario, Sonic, & Pokemon images too... he's planning on drawing every critter in the original Red/Blue Pokedex.
*-Ron Burgandy's dTunes was an underappreciated feature in my opinion. The reboot gets off to a good start by featuring some spectacular chiptunes.

A- TSuereth responded to the Burch/Jaffe debate with his observations on Assassin's Creed's gameplay.
A-Nessie returned from a long absence, posting an in-depth look at the recent MMORPG Aion.
A-Ali D took a hard look at Activision's decision to charge extra for Modern Warfare 2. His findings might surprise you.
A-Kauza had an epiphany while he was on vacation last week. Mother Nature is a beautiful, wicked temptress.
A-GeneticFoil wants to change the way you deal with consequences in your games. What do you think?
A-Mr Dillinger thinks you should let Destructoid... well, I'll let him tell it.
S-NihonTiger90's weekly quiz rarely has the same answer. What'd you get?
S-Tanukitsune continues battling his backlog. This week, he got through Matt Hazard and Saint's Row 2.
M-This month's first Musing was by Jivemasta, who has a problem many of us can relate to... not finishing his games.
M-Stryffe's Musing took a look at that bane of the busy gamer-- the JRPG.
M-Ninja in Distress posted a great Musing about how he discovered fighting games are not his jam.
M-I have a feeling Fighting games will be popular for this month's theme. BlindFire loves fighters, but they don't necessarily love him back.
M-D Sane's pet hate is the first-person shooter.
M-TripleZer0 loves Command and Conquer, but sucks at Real Time Strategy. Read about his conflict here.
M-PedroVay2003 admits his shortcomings at the RTS and strategy RPG genres in this well written Musing.
P-The aussie podcast Refused Classification is recording tonight, so make with the questions. Also, that header image is HORRIFYING.
P-This week's Backwards Compatible podcast is now available... it's rather appropriate that it's Shark week, innit?

C-Remember, you can win AbortotheFetus' San Diego Comic Con swag. All you've gotta do is write a blog describing your ideal tag team.
E-And lookie there! It's Zombie Platypus's entry.

I-Greetings to The Legendary Star, who is apparently posting blogs from a DSi.
I-Welcome (Or should I say Bienvenidos?) to Gabapenteado, who makes cell phone games from Brazil.
I-Buenos tardes to Danzflor, who enjoys Destructoid from Chile.
I-And salutations to Dexter O, coming to us from the dusky fog of London. Welcome to Destructoid. Mr. Dtoid is global, y'all.

V-MXS102 posted a link to some new Final Fantasy XIV footage.
R-Nilcam has a long history with Bust-a-Move, so he's well qualified to deliver this review of Space Bust-a-Move for the DS.
R-Though the Gamestop sale on Bionic Commando is now over, many Dtoiders took advantage of the lower price to have a swing at it. Here, AdamBlue gives his review.
T-GuuZilla aims some vitriol at Square for their treatment of the Mana franchise. Hard to argue with anything here.
T-Subenu is glad that the pack-in on his Mega Drive (Genesis) was one of the better compilations ever made.
P-VVVgamer got to try Forza 3 early, and shares his experience here.
R-Christopher J Oatis already played through and reviewed the Mothership Zeta DLC for Fallout 3. I guess this one won't be on the GOTY edition?
T-TheRealist871 was disappointed in Afro Samurai, and explains why.
T-Tgammet blogged about what he's been playing recently.
T-Canti sama laments the death of the single person FPS. I wouldn't start diggin' a grave just yet.
T-Even with all the AAA games being pushed back into 2010, the end of the year looks expensive. Trev guides you through the minefield.
T-Patters has been playing some indie games, and briefly wrote what he thought of each.
T-The Legendary Star foresees some problems with the Bringit service. Remember, it's 1-800-GAMBLER.
T- TheRealist871 "came out" in favor of ambiguity. Steel Squirrel gave him what he wanted.
D-If you have a British accent and would like to be in a game, Gabapenteado could use your help.
D-RandomBullseye dropped some suggestions for an up and coming racing game that sound fanTASTIC.
$-GoldenChild started something called "CheapToid." I've gotta say, I like this a lot.

A-Faith continues to create awesome Perler Bead pixel art at discount prices. Have a look at some of her latest.
A-Suitcoat Avenger's 60's advertisement art style is strangely well suited to this electrifying representation of the Brazilian Biter. It's a great looking piece.
A-Grumpyturtle returns to the c-blogs with some terrific-but-terrifying drawings of your favorite game mascots.
A-Togail's been busy, but he returns to the cblogs with an early look at a piece commissioned by a WoW player. I think they'll be happy with the result.
L-GamingGoddess brings us a book review of one of the high/lowest concept books ever: Of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
F-Kjohnson1585's screenplay adaptation of Ratchet and Clank continues. Part 3 is available for your perusal.

R-McBennet found a local bar that rents out NES and Genesis games on the cheap. Sounds heavenly.
?- "What would you ask Tim Schafer?" asks Ben PerLee. Daedhead's response echoes my own. "What would you ask of God?"
R-In recognition of Shark week, our resident selachimorph (look it up!) posted a link to Metal Gill Jawesome.
C-This has the stench of an ad. Other podcasts may be more worthy of your time.
C-Grammars and spellchecks and content, oh my!
?-I'm not sure quite how to classify this, but Altered has been doing a Let's Play style series that goes very in-depth and into detail about a game called Pathologic. It's well written, so have a look if you'd like to know more about what looks like a unique game experience.
?-Covah found a hidden feature of the latest NXE update: smaller installs.
C-Cross-posted blogs generally aren't welcome unless they meet a certain standard of quality or the poster has ties to the community.
C-You meet neither of these requirements. Keep it up and you'll end in the fail.

S-Ron said this was slow. The ending was pretty spiffy though.


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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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