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Cblog Recaps of 09/05 et Striderisms

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Hey. How was PAX? Good? That sounds great. Me? I don't particularly care. I'm an Omega Man. I'm a survivor. I'm self-sufficient. I don't need much. I just need some video games, good food, a paycheck, and my girlfriend.

Also, I'm pretty lazy. Travel? Sounds like a lot of work. Maybe next time.

I've been slowing down on the gameplay. Maybe it's because all I play is P4A. Maybe I need to slow down on that. But if there's one thing that's growing on me, it's comics. And boy have I been reading comics.



I mean, today I bought Marceline and the Scream Queens plus Ultimate Spider-Man. I've already talked about Miles Morales before but Marceline? I'm a huge fan of Adventure Time and I'd love to see and explore the dynamic between Marceline the Vampire Queen and Princess Bonnibel Bubblegum as they tour the land of Oooo in a crazy rock and roll band. Fans already know that Marceline and Bubblegum used to be acquaintances and even friends but no longer see eye to eye on most things. Marceline wants to rock out with her band but Bubblegum just sees rock as sound goo. But when Marceline's band rocks out at the Candy Kingdom, something in PB awakens and becomes intrigued by rock.

Meanwhile, Marceline is getting amped from a successful show but realizes her bandmates are actually sloppy and lazy. They just want to goof around while Marceline sees their successful gig as something they should capitalize on but aren't. And so the two reconcile their differences of opinion and the end of the issue leads up to the crux of the story: PB joins up with the Scream Queens as the responsible manager they need to keep them on the straight and narrow. Also, PB leaves Jake as interim king until she returns. That'll be hilarious.

I also had the chance to read the two Earth One DC storylines out so far, Superman and Batman. I liked them overall. But I'd like to distill essence of both stories down to tweets I recently put out.

Superman Earth One - "I don't know what to do in life because I'm so much better than everyone else WAAAAAAH."

Batman Earth One - "MY PARENTS ARE DEAD! Except now my butler is Liam Neeson."


SURPRISE!

I also went through DC's Flashpoint and Marvel 1602, both exercises in turning everything you know on its head and making you love it. For example, in Flashpoint where the Flash ends up in an alternate timeline due to Professor Zoom's meddling, what if Bruce Wayne had died that fateful night instead and his father, Thomas Wayne, survived to become Batman? Well, if you thought Bruce Wayne was fueled by the rage of losing his parents, think about how angry Thomas Wayne can be using the loss of his son instead. Thomas Wayne as Batman goes from scaring thugs off the street into leaving corpses behind as a message to any other would-be criminals.

Meanwhile, in Marvel 1602, what if all your favorite superheroes lived during the dark ages? What if Matt Murdock was a blind Irish bard with incredible senses? What if Magneto was a Spanish inquisitor and used his position to further his personal agenda? What if Nick Fury was Sir Nicholas Fury, worked for the Queen of England and wore something an asshole would call a purple dress?

Well, actually, I wanted to touch on Nicholas Fury because he is somehow even more badass then modern day Nick Fury despite wearing a purple costume since he always either uses his sword to get work done or just his bare hands. Probably my favorite touch is how Professor Xavier exists as Carlos Javier, a Spanish monk who founds a school called the College for the Sons of Gentlefolk. Because wheelchairs haven't been invented yet, he's basically carried around like a princess by whoever's feeling polite enough.

Hell, even the Fantastic Four is present in the form of the Four from the Fantastick, which is the name of the boat they're on when it sails into a mysterious cloud in the Sea of Sargasso where they gain their powers. I still need to read the New World arc though, because that is when Spider-Man and Hulk are introduced proper in their 1602 versions.



I've also been trying to pick up Cassandra Cain/Batgirl. A mostly mute, Asian girl who's only method of communication is interpreting minute body language since her assassin father raised her devoid of any verbal language. She becomes Batgirl under Bruce and Barbara's tutelage as she tried to redeem herself for her first and only murder that she regretted. I also saw tenleid do a sweet cosplay of Cass as Black Bat though I forget who tenleid even is in relation to Dtoid.Still good cosplay though. Who's tenleid again? I just know I follow her on tumblr.

Also, I wrote a thing about a new fighter, Under Night In-Birth. It's a pretty cool game if you love fighting games.

* - She's a cold motherf- SHUT YOUR MOUTH! I was only talking about Hello Kitty! We can dig it.

* - Open up your bandwidth pipes! It's time for a cosplay photo throwdown!

* - Didn't go to PAX? Like to think about getting into game press? Then lbizz gives you everything you need to know about both

* - A terribly touching and personal story from Fame Designer about being family here at Dtoid

A - Glowbear wants to examine the issue of Greenlight's true value

A - Mega Man = Dante's Inferno basically and amazingly

A - Another PC Gaming compare and contrast piece

A - We all know the 360 D-Pad is horrible. Konnery knows this. But what's wrong with the analog stick?

R - Boss reviews Raccoon City. Offline anyways

T - ECONOMICS! Guild Wars 2 style with business wiz kid, Nathan Evrard

N - Namco is releasing A LOT of RPGs compared to Square's four, but do you care about any of Namco's titles?

R - I think it's funny that a large part of Nigma's review body is spent on nit-picky nags and yet he still loved the game

N - How COD is killing gaming: real talk edition

F - Jim Carrey in Kickass 2? I didn't know he was still around!






~ StriderHoang


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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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