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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.










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About Cblog Recaps

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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.

Rules

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

-Stellaris
-Aporia: Beyond The Valley (Multiple Keys)
-The Witness
-Citadel: Forged With Fire (Multiple Keys)
-Armello
-Undertale
-ABZU

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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