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Cblog Recaps of 03/27 and Lil Bro-isms!

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It's weird really, me and Bioshock Infinite. I know it's a good game. I've been playing it for maybe 3 hours and I objectively know it's good. The combat is fast and chaotic. It feels strange when I've come to expect Bioshock to be so methodical but it's refreshingly chaotic. The story has me glued. Nothing is as it seems. Words and images are popping up, Booker has a personality and is as mysterious as a blank slate and that sarcastic couple keeps appearing! What is The Lamb? What is the False Shepard? What is the debt?

Infinite has its hooks in me and yet I feel no hype. I only pre-ordered it through the Microsoft store for a free 1600 points (to be spent on Battleblock Theater). If it weren't for that old Dtoid story reporting the promotion (with a corgi picture of course), I would have actually let Ken Levine's latest effort pass me over. I have absolutely zero hype in me due in part to the lofty expectations thrust onto me when you mention how it follows after the first Bioshock. What could it due to earn its pedigree? What could I possibly be playing that fills the void of March's most anticipated release?



Luigi's Mansion motherfucker.

It's strange thinking how most Mario games feel devoid of personality and character. They're about a lovable Italian plumber jumping on various creatures because a dinosaur kidnapped his loaded girlfriend and practically everything has a cutesy face. Then again, we're not talking about a Mario game. We're talking about a Luigi game. There are few games where I'd opt to walk instead of run but in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, I enjoy walking so I can take in the scenery of Luigi's diorama-like rooms and just the chance to hear Luigi hum along with the theme music. Watching his nervous walk try to deal with a jaunty little tune is something I have yet to tire of.

I'm not a big veteran of adventure games either. Especially the old school, point and click variety. But Luigi's Mansion is essentially a point and click mystery adventure without any physical clicking. Door stuck? Time to get exploring for a solution! Machine not running? Figure it out! Sometimes I need hours to realize something simple like a door is hidden or something.

Luigi is easily the most motive character I've seen in a long time too. His eyes dart, his teeth chatter, he jumps at the slightest indication of danger. Luigi might be a scaredy cat but he is my hero. There's something so magnetic about him and his status as an underdog. It's heartwarming too because we're both little brothers. Despite his brother always getting top billing, Dark Moon looks like it cements his status as an adventurey, ghost busting brother of the duo.



At the previous week's suggestion, I also jumped into Phantom Breaker and man was that a good idea. Take everything you love about fighting games and transplant it successfully into a 2D beat'em up. Pressing up to jump, meter building combos, special and super attacks. Throw in some character building before you get to experience everything plus a suite of characters to choose from plus unlockables and you get a decidedly addictive anime flavored experience. I'm already into anime, so it doesn't bug me but your results may vary on that front.

I've been having trouble getting new blogs out but hopefully I can get a few ideas that have been sitting on my notebook out soon.

In other irl news, my girlfriend stayed over with me this past weekend to celebrate my birthday together a bit late. She used some of her Spring Break time to make the stay possible and while mixing my family with my girlfriend sometimes feels like I'm carefully mixing Cherry Coke with nitro glyceryn, it feels like it was a successful weekend overall. Not only did I have one of the most enjoyable weekends with my girlfriend so far, but I dare believe my parents might actually start liking my girlfriend a bit more. I mean, before they either didn't care all that much of tried to steer me into the idea of dating more but now they seem to like her more as a person at least.



* - Why am I topsaucing NVGR? Look inside and find out why it's so important, gaywads.

* - Make a good game story or don't even bother. I mean, a game can be fun without a story, right?

* - Dead Space 3 has been out for a while but that doesn't make Sahfriendly's review of it any less good to read

* - Pour a 40 out for Blockbuster bro

A - Gabe Newell said the future of gaming is user generated content. At least Gabe Newell owns a company and a few yachts for credibility





C - While POstudios had a short response thanking Dtoid for reviewing their game, it's much more appreciated to see a well received 7.5

D - BigDoniel attempts his backlog. DON'T DO IT MAN. DON'T DO IT.

D - Teknomcr went to GDC. WOO!

T - Sorry Isaac. There are few games I try to preserve against spoilers. Bioshock Infinite is one of them. Spoilers abound and I didn't read'em!

T - Class is back in session for Collateral's Monster Hunter basics blog #4

R - SaigonTime's review of Devil's Cartel has the phrase crazy-town-bananapants in it

A - The Kane Cube. You will apologize to it for being so inferior to it!

C - I don't get what Lingoes is talking about concerning FIFA 2013 but than again, I'm not European

C - There's a good idea in this about female avatars in multiplayer. But Sharpgun made it a bit hard to read






~ StriderHoang

I just got platinum for Club Nintendo! This year better be a Luigi hat! It's year of the Luigi dammit.

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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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