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Cblog Recaps of 03/13 and BIRTHDAYISMS

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Happy birthday to me! Well, Glowbear sent me a birthday tweet and what else t mention? I got an iPad for my birthday! In fact, these Striderisms are being made on my iPad, courtesy of Evernote. I fact, I used a super secret script for the recaps on my laptop while I read your precious cblogs on the beautiful display of my iPad. My computer set up might look a little ridiculous but it's pretty convenient. Of course, the number one reason I was looking forward to getting a nice tablet was to read all my digital comics. Once I saw how my comics looked on my sister's iPad, I knew I had to get one myself. The X-Men never looked so awesome.



Speaking of comics, I managed to snag a few comics from Marvel's short lived 700 promotion. 700 comics, absolutely free and being given away in an attempt to sway in more readers. And while the servers got predictably slammed (to the point where the promotion was prematurely ended so that it could restart another day when Comixology would be ready), it worked beautifully. Even the newest comics from Marvel's new Point One are apart of the promotion and it's worked perfectly in getting me to buy into Marvel's newest series. One of my most favorite series I got from the promotion was Te Indestructible Hulk. I was never really sold on the concept of The Hulk. Of a man who was a living bomb and was constantly depressed on the idea of never being a normal man again. In Indestructible, Banner is painted in a different light: an ambitious man who's tired of being what many people describe as a puny rape victim. Instead of pouting that he has an uncontrollable rage beast inside of him, he decides to deal with it as he deals with an issue of vanity. The issue being that when the Phoenix Force last visited Earth, Tony Stark and Reed Richards were called to solve the problem while Banner was reduced to being a back up plan as The Hulk to distract The Phoenix. To this, Banner was like, "Freak this! I'm a fucking genius too! Why does everyone love Tony Stark so much? If people actually paid attention to me, I'd be solving world hunger and energy crisis like I was making a damn sandwich!"

Bruce Banner is no longer some sad little man with an awesome force of nature stuck inside of him. He's a confident man who calmly sits down with S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Maria Hill and tells her, "If you give me a chance to show off, I'll let S.H.I.E.L.D. take credit for all of it."

Instead of thinking of the Hulk as an uncontrollable monster he wants to be rid of, he thinks of the Hulk as an incurable disease he has to live with like AIDS or diabetes. But Banner isn't thinking about how to control his episodes. Instead of stopping his explosions and bottling them up, Banner has decided to throw those explosions at targets by directing the Hulk rather than reigning him in. So he sweetens the deal for S.H.E.I.L.D. by describing himself as the ultimate two-pack: you get a genius scientist and a remote control, man tsunami for the price of one.

This is definitely the kind of Bruce Banner that's easy to like when compared to Mark Ruffalo's performance from The Avengers last year. And I haven't even gotten to Thor: God of Thunder and the hilarious adventures of a space Viking god. Or Captain America's gripping self-dialogue as he pushes through trial after trial of physical punishment. Or Deadpool... fighting zombie presidents. Sure, why not?



* - Anita disabled comments to cut off dialogue and discussion, but Genki won't be having any of that shit in his blog!

* - Elsa is not just a woman playing games but is also a woman who explores the gender lenses of games

* - Quick aside, I was supposed to be in the Dtoid 3rd Community Album

* - Weigh in with your two cents in the comments about the issue of what gaming press is about and the morality of adblock

A - Fjveca doesn't prefer the term "Citizen Kane of gaming"

A - Voex didn't finish some games

A - MaverickAstley cries out for a demo and the publishers quietly whisper, "No."

A - If there's one person who enjoyed their PSP, it's DePeir!

A - ClashofPenguin's crowning moment of video game music was when his aunt got married and the DJ played them off with Super Mario World's end theme

P - LowerTierPodcast presents: episode 6, the Revuhlooshuning

A - Snoogan exposes the sexy zen behind Ryu Umemoto

T - Shaxam couldn't get into Darksiders 2

N - Drakengard 3 is coming to PS3

T - Kudo is ashamed of the prospect of getting Scott Pilgrim's online DLC

R - Buddy enjoyed the new Tomb Raider. Things are looking up for Lara Croft!

T - Not so much thoughts but a whole goddamn analysis on the symbolism of Tomb Raider, complete with total spoilers

D - It's ugly as fuck but what if Max Payne and John Woo played Mario Kart? The answer is Double Action.










~ StriderHoang


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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.

Don't worry though, this month's bloggers wanted prompt isn't an exploratory thesis on the effects of crowdfunding on video game development. We just want you to talk about your favorite games, as long as they were crowdfunded. This topic can be simultaneously broad and narrow, because you can talk about whatever game you want, however you want, as long as it was crowdfunded.
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.

Remember: Persona 5 was not crowdfunded, but excuse me as I plow through it.

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