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Cblog Recaps of 09/25 and Striderisms!

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I'm nearly 60% through GTAV. I've come quite a long ways with Franklin, Micheal, and Trevor. Franklin is truly the least worst of the three. Micheal is horrible, stuck with a horrible family, but slowly realizes his mistakes. And Trevor, well. Trevor is what everyone says. He's an amalgamation of every psychopath in the GTA universe. He's too much of an extreme caricature to hate completely. It's the nuggets of humanity that are most striking to me. His reunion with not just Micheal but with his children who considered him an uncle. The way he always upholds his personal code of chivalry towards women. His own unique way of connecting to people who can relate to. Trevor is probably going to be Rockstar's highlight character for years to come.

It was really striking when I reached everyone's favorite torture scene spoilers.

Yes, Trevor partakes in some torture. He has several implements of horror, including an option to fucking waterboard his victim. At one point I decided to go with the car battery but tried sparking them several times in front of him. "Com'on! Talk! Look at these fucking sparks! Just talk before I put these on your nipples!"

I wasn't as effected as most other people writing editorials were. Perhaps I've truly been desensitized. On the other hand, Farcry 3's torture scene made me uncomfortable. That was a testament of making the player feel uncomfortable. But the real thing that stood out to me was after the torture where the FIB agent orders Trevor to dispose of your victim. Trevor actually goes out of his way to take him to the airport so he can lie low abroad. Despite the man barely being able to walk and protesting that he just wants to see his family, all things that would have set Trevor off, he calmly outlines in his redneck conspiracy that he needs to become one of the invisible people. That after dealing with the FIB, he can't go home. Trevor explains that he's actually against torture, at least in a traditional sense. Being Trevor, he has no problem with torture for torture's sake (probably in some sick fetish kind of way). But he oppose's torture as a method to extract information and as a tool.


So that ends the spoilers on pretty much one whole mission involving Trevor. I've scoured the GTA wiki for reading material and it constantly points out that none of the protagonists, even Trevor, is a true psychopath. Because that would mean they don't care about anyone. Trevor is close but he has tenuous friendship with Micheal, genuinely likes Franklin, and connects with all sorts of people in similar predicaments and states of mind.



In addition to the torture controversy, there's the issue of the lack of a good female character. But I was listening to Video Game Apocalypse recently and this talking point came up. This issue baffles me and finally VGA explained in a way that lined up with my thinking. Yes, GTAV not having a female protagonist or even supporting character is certainly a missed opportunity. But it's not exactly the game's fault per se. The issue of good female characters is something to be examined in trends, not examples. GTAV certainly attracted the issue by being GTA, one of the largest gaming events to come every generation. But since when was it Rockstar's responsibility to create progressive characters? I'm not saying they shouldn't have because that's the thing about trends. In order to break the trend, there have to be pioneers. Rockstar's built their games upon a very specific image though. They take cues from dudebro movies and action-adventure themes.

Despite GTAV being a great game, it's still a long running game with very set ideas. Hell, I'm pretty sure Jim describes both the game itself and the protagonists as being old dogs finding ways to come out on top, which is certainly a theme. Micheal has a past of crime but tries in vain to move on with his new family. And Trevor is part of that past and won't let go. And GTAV, the game, is still the criminal action-drama it always has been. And somehow all these items come together and find one more big score to make it big despite their problems and faults.

Like I said, trends, not examples. Someone is going to have to do something eventually to break the trend but did we seriously expect something new from GTA?

I'm just gonna go back and steal a tank. Stealing a jet, believe it or not, is actually easier. At least it has getaway speed. But while a tank has power, it can't get away. And I've been trying to stash it away in a hangar I bought with my beaucoup bucks. Then, with my recent purchase in a scrapyard that pays me $150 for every car that wrecks in San Andreas, well, you can guess what I want to try doing now.

* - Who says avatar adoption is only for PAX? What about Game City in Vienna

* - Nick deconstructs the horrid Aliens game and takes cues from Amnesia and Outlast to envision a real Aliens game

* - Now, let's look at girls and game realistically, shall we? Brandy Martin has thoughts on that

* - Turbokill gets interviewed. It looks like he's asleep on a rollercoaster

A - Zerocrossing guilts us into playing lesser and indie games because we are ignorant sheep who play AAA games

P - Pocketoid 40: PAX happened!

A - Are you tired of playing as a certain, major demographic and want to play as a lesser represented demographic? Well has Jed got a Kickstarter for you

A - NSG went to a gaming forum in NYC and brings back thoughts on games you may not have heard of

I - NeoShinGundam was my favorite Gundam and also new here on Dtoid









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Someone give the man who named this game a prize.






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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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