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Cblog Recaps of 07/10 and RAILGUNISMS

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In the wise words of our foremost Orwellian Zombie, "I made a thing!"

If you pay attention to Fapcast 15, you'll know those blogs are nearly two weeks old. Yeah, I had a hell of a time finding time to edit the show. I told Jinx to expect it to come out in three days, Valve time. One interpretation of the mysterious Valve time is to take the projected date and multiply it by 3. Of course, Valve is the master of Valve time, and I cannot hope to emulate their technique. Hopefully, we'll be able to record again this Friday (peeling back the curtain!).

I've been putting off more game oriented blogging with anime oriented blogging much closer to the surface. I wanted to take everyone on a tour of Harbor, especially considering it's now considered a perfect town. AlphaDeus' town is pretty sweet but even he doesn't have Jacob's Ladders growing in his town as proof of its perfection. So far, I have two Jacob's Ladders near some roses and lilies in order to encourage some hybridization.

But I'm sure you're tired of me talking about Animal Crossing. Lucky for you, I don't feel like updating you on it because nothing too big has been going on. Don't forget that Wrench once went 4 straight weeks talking about MechWarrior Online, so don't think I feel guilty for talking Animal Crossing every week.

Right now, the flavor of the week for anime is A Certain Scientific Railgun S, sequel to the first season. What's surprising for the uninitiated is that this is a spin off series relating to A Certain Magical Index. While Index is a slow paced anime about building the magical/scientific world and how characters converse with each other (like DBZ, absurdly long dialog before reaching an action scene), Railgun is more lighthearted and has more likable character relations. There's also the marked difference between magic and science for the two. While a lot of screen time in Index may be spent on dialog, screen time in Railgun is spent on cutesy moments or visual memories.



The world of both Index and Railgun is essentially X-Men. Espers are pretty much mutants except people don't manifest crazy mutatations. Most powers are simply varieties off psychic powers, whether that's teleportation, pyrokinesis, or making it so that tiny things you throw don't stop even if it means punching through concrete walls. There's a class system for skill and strength too, which is in place because it takes place within Academy City, a city that is 80% students. Most espers below level 4 are like students at the Xavier/Jean Grey School for Gifted Youngsters; with some level of control with strength and fine power going down the ranks. A level 1 can only muster tiny sparks or something. Level 4 and 5 though are essentially full fledged X-Men. Mikoto Misaka, an electromaster, is pretty much DC's Static Shock on steroids. In addition to electric blasts, she can generate electromagnetism to Magneto-levels, even creating deadly swirling maelstroms of fine iron sand to shred her opponents. Her signature move is the railgun though, taking a mild mannered coin and generating enough electric power with a flick of her thumb to fire an honest to god railgun shot.

The first season involves the mystery of the level upper incident and students falling into a coma. But the mystery doesn't go full steam all 25 episodes. Several are more lightheated episodes around Misaka's childish tastes in shopping and her run ins with Index's main character, Kamijou Touma. The second season has a lot more of an interesting intersect with Index with the Accelerator and Sisters arc. I don't want to spoil it too much but Misaka's clones, the sisters, are some of my favorite characters. They're borderline robotic for you sci-fi fans but they still project some level of emotions. The Misaka sisters often talk in quotations like, "I have no idea what you're talking about, says Misaka as she feigns ignorance," after eating Misaka's (the original) ice cream.



It's interesting to see the Sisters arc from two difference perspectives. In Index, Touma is the main character and we see his fight from his perspective. In Railgun though, we see everything Touma doesn't see from Misaka's perspective, such as how she stumbled upon the Sisters conspiracy and how she tried to deal with it on her own for a while.

Also, Valvrave the Liberator finished its first season and I feel it needs a review as well since it won't be returning until October. It's amazing how I went from hating it to hinging on its every word when the show came to a close. It's gone from high school cliche with Gundam to high school cliche with Gundam and revolutionaries founding a country aside a mysterious conspiracy.

Oh yeah, Animal Crossing, I imported the Animal Crossing Special Edition 3DS XL pattern and my custom upholstered alpine furniture is looking pretty freaking sweet. Must pay off loans to make new room for furniture.

* - Why is SMT good? I mean, really

* - Rogue Legacy is a pestilence upon us

A - Dan bought a PS3. Welcome to the last generation!

A - A video game is a game that's for playing

A - jbcrazy be needing crazy help on his backlog

W - Erick won FaceNoir from POstudios or something!

C - Niero values criticism. CRITICIZE HIM!

R - A review of NC-double-A 14 by WinMo

T - AndyLonn dreaded the moment he had to play Prototype but I find it ok

N - Who is Tex Murphy? He sounds important and he's coming back apparently!

T - LevelSeeker tried Metroid Prime to wash out the taste of Other M





? - LevelSeeker is really disappoint with himself

V - Break out your Bison Dollars because this trailer is selling you something mysterious

S - New Ratchet and Clank and copypaste!


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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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