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C-blogs of 8-31-09 and Qalamarisms


I'll keep this brief. My brain is taking on the characteristics of a puddle of overcaffienated goo right about now, I've worked 8 days out of the last nine in order to get my days off for PAX this week. But I know you guys don't want to hear about that, you're here for the recaps.

It was fairly busy today. The usual flurry of end of month last-minute Musings were all pretty good, and there's some neat artsy stuff too. Don't forget to check out the Dreamcast contest Dtoid Artisans is holding, you can check it out in the contest section or via the recaps sidebar.

It's interesting what you can find if you poke around on YouTube, isn't it?

*-"That robot's a spy!" A Very Drunk Panda made a printable Mr. Dtoid mask. I'd love to see a couple of these in the crowd at PAX.
*-WalkYourPath seems incapable of mediocrity. His latest article on media scapegoats is one of his finest to date, however.
*-Canti-Sama's second entry in the "Post-Mortem Monday" series looks at Fallout 3's downloadable content. As a PS3 owner for whom this stuff is finally about to become available, this is highly relevant to my interests.
*-Suitcoat Avenger's take on the Blue Bomber is awfully, awfully cute. It's almost as cute as the real-life version Craineum made last Halloween. PEW PEW PEW!

A-Ouched's wife has taken a shine to Fable 2, which he used as a springboard to think about the casual gamer's perspective on things.
A- CrocStock thinks the gaming industry might be a victim of its own success. Might there be another crash in the making?
S-It's been a pretty good release week, so What'd You Get? NihonTiger90 wants answers, dammit.
S-Tanukitsune continues the battle of the backlog, taking on some more iPhone games this week.
S-RandomBullseye's Random Select series takes a look at Clover studio's unusual brawler God Hand.
M-Y0j1mb0's Musing says you're all a bunch of dirty cheaters. Why you gotta cheat so much, cheater?
M-AKK's Musing takes GTA4 to task for a wildly inconsistent difficulty curve.
M-Capm Trevo's Musing looks at poor, picky players.
M-Bishna answered the call for the weekly musing with a proposal that Berlin tried from 1961 to 1989.

C- Destructoid Artisans, in honor of the DreamCast's 10th anniversary, are holding a contest. Show how much you love the creamsicle console and you could win big.
E-Bubamacko's entry into the Cursed Mountain contest is... unique, I'll say that much.
E-Phantomile's entry, however, might be tough to beat.

F-Would you like to see Warhawk and Resistance 2 added back into the Friday Night Fights PS3 lineup? Let Takeshi know one way or another.
I-Please welcome Alfador to our metallic family.
I-And greetings also to GraveRisen. Welcome to Destructoid.
H-As you might expect from the name, Dr. Light ate your Magicite has quite an impressive retro gaming collection, including a working Virtual Boy.

N-Suitcoat avenger reported that Disney bought Marvel today. I don't think anyone saw this coming.
N-Pendleton21's college will soon offer a course that will instruct students how to play guitar using Guitar Hero as a teaching tool.
N-Breaking news: PS3 firmware 3.0 is now available. Takeshi will have film at 11.
N-Nilcam reports that Firmware 3.0 also fixed KOF 12's netcode. Great news!
T-With so many games coming out in the next few months, Scals37 wonders what you've bothered preordering, for the bonus or otherwise.
R-JulianProxy played and quite enjoyed the newly-price-reduced Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.
T- Michiyoyoshiku looks at some classic franchises that're due for a sequel.
T-I skipped this blog by Sephiroth X regarding Arkham Asylum's ending due to the spoiler warning.
T-CaptainBus is a console gamer through and through. Here's why.
T-CopilotLindy has had it with Activision and Infinity Ward, and explains here why he won't be buying Modern Warfare 2.
T-Subenu wonders, what makes a game worthy of your absolute hatred?
P-HBL took the demo for WET and put it through its paces. Here's his impressions.
T-Reverend Macro just can't get away from Phantasy Star Online. He tries to get out, and they pull him back in.
T-Volgin13 had an epiphany about multiplayer recently he just had to share.
T-Mellowbunny joins the PSWii fellowship. Congratulations!
P-Unangbangkay shares some screenshots from the upcoming Valkyria Chronicles 2.
D-JohnPierre put together a highlight reel of some indie games being made at San Jose State University.
D-Ali D posted this interview with the developers of Dragon Age: Origins about how they plan to focus on their community.
$-Kalakaua has a code that can save you nearly $50 if you're looking to buy a PS3 slim. Nice find!

A-Luke Barnard (not Luc Bernard) now has some prints of his Podtoid-themed artwork available.
M-Krow is your guest DJ for dTunes this week, and starts things off with some Morphine.
A-GamingGoddess captured a moment from Final Fantasy 4 as a cartoon illustration.
F-Capm Trevo found what is unmistakably our beloved mascot in an obscure anime series, "Magical Shopping Arcade."
S-Ol'UncleWedge wonders why people are surprised that the Arkham Asylum collector's edition isn't so great. It's not as though Warner Bros. were going to send you a working weapon when you bought their game.

R-In the "offbeat" column today, Novakaine posted a list of his favorite brown sugar in games.
C-It's not a bad observation, but a little more effort and content would make it a much more interesting blog.
?-This is probably where lots of people's heads went when they heard the news that Marvel and Disney would start makin' babies.

S-Troll or genuinely slow, in the end it really doesn't matter.
F-Biff to the Future put it best I think. "Herpes is supposed to make us appreciate cancer?"
F-This could have been a useful, interesting article. What a pity.


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It feels like it's been a decade since we've seen the rise of the crowdfunded game. I'm always surprised when I remind myself that crowdfunding has been a thing long before the first crowdfunded video game, but nowadays a crowdfunded game seems like a dime a dozen.

Of course such a phrase is an incredible disservice to some of the great games that have come out thanks to websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Games like FTL, Shovel Knight, and even Undertale are around thanks to crowdfunding; thanks to people gathering around and literally putting their money where their mouth is, a game they want gets funded and inevitably the greater landscape of gaming benefits from it. Most of the time the landscape gets to benefit from it anyways.

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For me, FTL is the original crowdfunded game, and it was great. It was somehow minimalist and incredibly detailed at the same time, and it was all done because a man wanted to do it, but needed the money, and thousands of other people wanted to see where his idea would go. Shovel Knight to me feels like this natural evolution of the classic 8-bit gaming of yore without also throwing myself back to a time when gaming was honestly comparatively archaic. And everyone's talked to death about Undertale, so we all know where I'd go with that.

To participate in this month's bloggers wanted, just start a blog! Oh, and title it "Crowdfunded: [your blog title here]." I bet this month is going to be pretty diverse, since it's basically writing about your favorite crowdfunded game. So I hope to hear about some good games revisited or amazing games no one has heard about.

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