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C-blogs of 8-24-09 and OH MY GOD YOU'VE GOTTA BE KIDDING ME


I love you all. So why is it that I find myself full of murderous rage?

I kid, I kid.

For my true feelings on the subject, please continue on to the "I love Destructoid" blogs, following this link right here where they have been separated and cataloged for your perusal. As for your regular nightly recap, you can continue to that right after I finish this sentence.

*-I enjoy doing the recap so I can highlight stuff like this excellent Monthly Musing by Pixelpunx, which might otherwise have been buried.
*-And CapnCrunk is continuing a Metroid playthrough following the path of his forebears... one graph paper square at a time.
*-Suitcoat Avenger, fresh from his feature on Art Attack Friday, shows why he was selected with this amazing Batman inspired picture.
*-Kauza shared a personal story from his past that in a small way makes me glad my folks want nothing to do with gaming.
*-Stevil wrote eloquently about one of the games Atlus did in their pre-Persona days... an atmospheric PS1 terror-fest known as Hellnight or Dark Messiah..
*-SurplusGamer's reaction to the call for a boycott of Shadow Complex is measured, reasoned, and asks you to think before reacting. Clearly, he's doomed.

A-This post by RandomBullseye deals with the economics and psychology of loaning out games. It's nice to have some friends who are gamers, too.
A-WanderingPixel's list of pet peeves in games is pretty universal, I think. He says what we're all thinking.
A-Juggs posted his thoughts about the difference between eastern and western development, and how the former appears to be stagnating. Good discussion on this one.
A-Yehat wonders what Sony's strategy is, and whether they're courting those PC gamers who haven't been impressed by Microsoft's efforts.
S-Tanukitsune continues working against his backlog. I never had a backlog before I started doing recaps. Just sayin'.
S-NihonTiger90's weekly query is succinct and to the point. What'd you get?
M-Diceshow may suck at Defender, but in his Musing he explains that at least one member of his family can kick your ass at it.
P-Failcast episode 47 is available and audible.
P-Drunkcast is recording as I type this. DJduffy's the cute guest star.
P-Monday is Podcast day. Backwards Compatible has released episode 22 upon the world.

Nobody loves contests.

S-TonicBH went and checked out the Halo: ODST tour truck. He left rather unimpressed, but shared his experiences as a warning to others.
S-Ace of Knaves returns from some connectile dysfunction. Welcome back.
I-JohnnyJustice's introduction is a surprisingly insightful post about the current state of console gaming. Welcome to Destructoid.
I-Welcome also to XIVspew, who plays keytar/boards in a band. Rock on.
I-Greetings to JBCrazy who is Apparently Some Sort of a Ninja Or Something.
I-T snitch picked a lousy time to make an introduction. Welcome to Destructoid.
I-Finally, please give a big hello to NateJB, whose introduction is a thoughtfully written indictment of the Battlefield series. Welcome to Destructoid.
H-Daedhead8 has a pretty spectacular gaming setup. Not safe for dialup, there's a lot of pictures here.

N-Spyn Doctor reports that Hoyle will soon release a Texas Hold'em game for the 360 that'll allow the use of avatars.
N-A Very Drunk Panda may have my new favorite avatar name. He brought news that a new LittleBigPlanet sticker pack will be arriving soon.
V-A new trailer for Valkyria Chronicles courtesy of Unangbangkay.
T-Brlito posted about the upcoming PS3 game Quantum... then he cheated.
T- TheGamerGeek has a complicated relationship with used games.
T-Flamecondor enjoyed Godzilla: DAMM perhaps a bit more than most. Ever get that feeling with some of your favorites?
T-Jawshey ponders the existence of "That guy." We all know one. Some of us become him.
T-AndrewG009 laments the upcoming loss of his free time with this open letter to Blizzard.
T-VGWTI posted some thoughts about original I.P. coming out this winter.
T-Bulkmailer asks; who do you go to in fighting games? Who's your best character, in other words?
R-Goliathon reviewed the new Wolfenstein game.
P-Kraid got Arkham Asylum early somehow, and seems to be enjoying it. A lot. Lucky bastard.

M-Zyrshnikashnu guest hosts dTunes this week, kicking things off with some Ska and Reggae.
M-NukaCola's drumming continues to impress. In this latest video he bashes skins along to Shadow of the Colossus.
F-Why is it that movie sequels tend to drop in quality, yet games tend to improve? Wry Guy had some thoughts on this seeming paradox.
F-Dronkmunk reviewed Inglorious Basterds.
S-Nilcam has been working on a slick-looking arcade stick. It's not quite finished, but it's close.
S-Marter had a nice gaming haul this week.

R- Mikeyed posted about a Venetian dolphin helmet, perfect for the day Chad and the Rev have their epic volcano showdown.
R-Brotroller has a love-hate relationship with Tetris.
R-Something about anime I confess I couldn't wrap my head around.
R-A rant by Raiku concerning some admittedly odd business practices in the games industry.
C-Dtoid and Giant Bomb are tight and all, but cross-posting community podcasts might be stretching the relationship a bit.
?-I still have no idea how to classify Altered's playthrough of Pathologic, but it's still quite interesting.[/i]
S-Cartman pimped out his DS. Unless Microsoft and Nintendo decide to start makin' out in a corner, this is as close as Marcus Fenix will ever get to a Nintendo console.

F-If this is an introduction, try again please.
F-Just 'cause it's buried doesn't mean you shouldn't put some effort into it.

BONUS! I was going to keep all the Love posts separate, but here are a few of my favorites. Think of this as a secret room you unlocked by reading the rest of the post. It's a secret to everybody.
M-Nick and Topher's PS3 unboxing video proves Destructoid has a great sense of humor.
M-Magnalon shared a substantial, non-memey post that deserves some additional attention.
M-And so did the GHost, who is a rare spawn these days.
M-Trebz had a nice turn of phrase writing what he loves about this place.



MegaStryke has a gift for language. Truly.
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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.


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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