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Cblog Recaps of 06/05 and NEWLEAFISMS

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What is it about Animal Crossing that has kept its hooks in me so long and dormant after so many years?



Is it constant carrot sticking of goals in front of me? To constantly repay my loan on projects I never asked for from a tanuki who simply won't leave me alone? But having the best house ever is a needling taste of mine. I'm so anal about design and aesthetics sometimes. Everything belongs someplace in my room because I deemed it necessary. Those headphones. They better fucking stay there because that's where I want them be. Same thing in Animal Crossing; this Arwing is going in the corner because it flows well. It ain't going in the middle or against the wall because that's dumb, get our of my town.

Is it the daily tasks that promise a completion? Every day, I'd play Animal Crossing back in the day with hopes of getting a new fossil, a new bug, a new fish. I wanted so much to complete my museum because that would prove to humanity how good I am. Even with duplicates, I could sell it for mad bells on top of the daily bell rock and whatever else gets caught up in my trees. How did this fancy dresser get stuck in my tree? Who cares, it's bells in my pocket now. If it's not the catalog of specimens for the museum, it's the catalog of items that I can fill out of my total collection of items.

Is it the characters? Tom Nook is straight up the most legit tanuki I ever want to keep calling a raccoon ever. He knows what's up. Bells is what makes the world go 'round and he's just doing his part. K.K. Slider is the musician everyone wants to be or be with. His hipster cred is through the roof. Even the regular townies are charming when you see them on a daily basis. Gruff is forever my favorite billygoat neighbor. We were buds. Underneath that tough exterior was an even tougher and crabbier inside. But we knew the deal. We be cynical together and we homies dawg. Plus his house was too legit to quit. A collection of guitars? Gruff is secretly a burnt out musician who spends the rest of his days dreaming about his old career that he may one day rekindle, man.

(read that last sentence like a burnt out hippie talking to an outsider normie)



Perhaps it's crafting your own head canon (as they call it over on tumblr). I mean, Gruff is a crabby archetype character. But when you get to know him, at least from my interpretation, he becomes a real softie. Or at least he gets as soft as a stone hearted crabbie guy can be. But then he invites you into his house and you see this perfect house set up. Four lone guitars with barely a bed to sleep in. What was his story? I can only help but wonder. Then one day he sends me a letter with a gift and it's his prized electric guitar, right out of his home.

"I've been doing a lot of thinking and I thought you should have this. I'm too old to continue chasing after my dreams but you probably know this up and coming guy named K.K. Slider. Go see him for tips for the guitar. I'll always be at my house in the corner of town if you need more help."

Dammit Gruff! You can be a star too! Just like on that shirt you always wear! I believe in you!




* - Mayor Strider runs against Mayor Frank's platform of beautification with bells, bells, and more bells

* - Nick's dad started on a gaming PC with 512kb of RAM

* - The salt is strong with this one. Use that salt as your power my son. NO ONE SHALL STAND IN OUR WAY!

A - The Pope just doesn't like Xbox alright?

A - Troxman probably likes games I guess cool

A - Steam and the vicious cycle

S - The Retrophile covers Milon's Castle. An unforgiving title for NES past

A - Give the Games for Good campaign a chance. Because I've NEVER liked Extra Credit's style of animation or presentation









T - Germaximus liked Far Cry 3. I approve.

R - Ocelot's big Runner 2 recommendation

N - Limbo is free on Vita. YOUR WELCOME. Signed, Rainbow podcast




Three more days. I'm not sure I'll make it.

V - It's tough to build a brand. Godspeed on finding an audience Buried on Mars

V - Shmup and more shmup: Dreamcast edition






~StriderHoang

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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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