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Cblog Recaps of 06/03 and INTERESTINGISMS

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I'm covering for Smurf as he does stuff. Interesting stuff perhaps. And luckily there were interesting cblogs to recap.

No, I mean it. Very interesting. So interesting.

Look, I really don't want to bring back the Write Stuff. It was long, a drain on my free time, and a pain to compose. I have more fun recording the Fapcast (I promise it's coming back. I'm just having hella scheduling issues) and doing other creative endeavors like doing Can he block it? on my Youtube channel (Green Arrow edition is uploading by the way).

But look, I need to say one thing as a writer to you people. And the right people won't even look at this because 80% of the people who bandwagon for a blogger's wanted call don't even continue being active so fuck whatever.

Look at every blog on the topic. Go ahead. I dare you. I did it. You notice something common in between them all? Something infuriatingly common and boring when you get through them all? Yeah, nearly all of them start with the self-reflection hook.

"When I was 8-years-old..."

"Back when I was a child in 1999...."

"It all started when I was a kid..."

Alright, I'm about to get all Write Stuff on you assholes. Please don't assume you're writing in a vacuum. Ok, sure, they're C-BLOGS, so you have the creative freedom to do what you want with them because it's your own space; a personal log if you will. But if you've bothered to get off your lurking ass and respond to the blogger's wanted call, you obviously want some kind of attention, right? Don't lie to yourself you attention whore. You wanted it, didn't you? But everyone, not just every writer on the internet, wants attention. Don't try to fool yourself into thinking you're some indie hipster who doesn't want to sell out and get noticed by the man (Andy Dixon). You know the number one way to get noticed for your efforts in a dense environment?

You do something different.

So the people who go first have the disadvantage of... going first. They are the sacrificial lambs, the guinea pigs (yes I Googled the spelling), the test subjects, the suckers. They get to test the waters and get judged immediately for their mistakes and you, the people who come afterwards, get to learn from their mistakes and improve. Only, that's not the case here really. Everyone just kinda rushes out en masse like a bunch of lemmings and hopes they land in a boat instead of the ocean. Hell, the only monthly musing I topsauced did the self-reflection opening too. I liked it when I pushed through into the body, which became a frighteningly personal story but I pushed myself to get there. Why does the reader, your audience, have to force themselves to like your work. Your work doesn't have to be Remember Me.

I mean, thank god for RenegadePanda and Voltech. Bloggers and blogs I enjoy so much, yeah, I'll give them double links. Sure they have the advantage of not constricting themselves to the monthly musing but their beginnings, their leads, their hooks, are strong goddammit.

I'm done here. Is my upload done yet? No? Well, it's worth noting that I've been having trouble getting my HDPVR to work. For two weeks since my last upload, the video passthrough was busted. I plugged my Xbox straight to my TV to play games because if I used the PVR for passthrough, I'd get a black screen which meant no recording and no games.

I try fixing the problem today and none of my solutions worked. Reinstall, resolution change, rebooting. Only randomly, after all those ideas failed, replugging the cables and it started working again. Fuck. What?

Whatever, I managed to record some Green Arrow gameplay of Can he block it? That link is assuming you're reading this a few hours later because as of posting these caps and these words, the upload was 40% complete.



5 more fucking days until New Leaf it's a good thing we're not connected on Facebook or else I'd be spamming your news feeds HOMGZHOWJEWKFNN.

* - OpiumHerz's series on censorship is ALWAYS interesting

* - I appreciate Armlength's personal story

* - A tale of regret, terror, Dig Dug, and focus groups

* - Tell Voltech why you like Zelda so much and maybe something good will happen!

M - I'm sure your origin story is very interesting GunCastor

M - I'm sure your origin story is veryinteresting Patshead

M - That was actually interesting, your recent interest in games, bmg123

A - Shoggoth has mildly interesting E3 predictions

A - Katie's story is interesting but also reminds me how OLD I am

M - lazdyzaner has an interesting origin as well

M - AboveUp started then fall out of and fall back into gaming

M - GrimmTrixx is serious business yo. Serious collection.

A - Audun Sorlie says goodbye to the Final Symphony

A - Ryne pretty much says you can't kill Nintendo

P - Sit down for episode 2 of that podcast inspire by Podtoid, Shattered Podcast





C - The listed gallery seems ok but the pics for the suggested Ms. Destructoid are no defunct

T - qlum dares to play all the Metroids in chronological order

T - Remember Me did ok. Vault wished it was better than ok

T - Ladyzaner didn't like P4. I played P4A though. That was a cool game.

T - Memory card? Where we're going (Vagrant Story) we don't need no memory cards

T - What's up with all the bleh around Remember Me? Oh, the game is bleh. Good going Square Eagle





V - Armlength does Faxanadu

V - Scott plays bad games with bad trailers

C - An interesting convention for an interesting blog post

? - I was looking for an excuse to not click on PhantomTommy's review when Chrome told me malware had been detected on the page. Who am I to argue with Google?

C - I ain't watching a 17 minute long grainy video on your discussion of video game ownership

V - Danny C transcribes Jim review into a video

C - What does TPS games stand for? And why are there only 4 as opposed to 10? 5? 100?

F - The Danish aren't interesting

F - IT'S SO FUNNY. HAHAHA.


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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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