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Cblog Recaps of 1/15/14 and also STRIDERISMS!

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Everyone always talks about their backlogs. I've never really thought about my backlog because its never been something that's bothered me enough to complete. But now on this new year, I had given some thought on the games I haven't finished and really should because why pay for one more new game when I have so many unfinished games? And the one that really got me thinking this was Cave Story. Not just 3DS Cave Story either but the DSiware download game from way back when. I transferred it onto my 3DS and I still hadn't finished it.

Well, technically its unfinished. I have beaten Cave Story on the normal ending already. Perhaps twice if I've forgotten. But the real meat and frustration is in the best ending, which involves scratching and scraping through the Blood Stained Sanctuary and beating the hidden boss. Practically three whole rooms of death with a three stage boss without the help of a save spot or health dispenser. It's a ludicrously difficult task but what else could I have expected from something called a Hell run from speedrunners?

I also haven't finished Walking Dead season 1 yet. After getting halfway through episode 3, I was just too emotionally fatigued to continue and never found the motivation to start up again. I already have vague spoilers of what happens at the end due to season 2 existing but the good thing is that I haven't experienced that ending yet. Do I dare find time to exhaust myself after work?

I managed to pick up Fez for discount during the Xbox end of the year sales. 'Nuff saif about that; I hadn't even started one of the best games of 2012 yet? Crazy talk Strider!

There's also State of Decay. Another exhausting game though thank the stars not as bad as Walking Dead. When did games become so stressful? What happened to the good old days of just training Pokemon to be the best they can be in order to smash your friends' Pokemon into a gray pulp?

I haven't even finished Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon yet. I've been playing on my 3DS a lot so it surprises me how mushy my 360's analog stick has gotten over the years. It's been so long since I played a console game for a proper amount of time that I can't believe I once considered getting next-gen.

But continuing on the topic of backlogs, it's amazing to me that I've continued to ignore my iOS game purchases for so long. I just now recalled that on SuperMonk4Ever's tip, I bought the entirety of Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective on iOS for $0.99. A super-good deal as each chapter normally costs about 99 cents, but over the Christmas season this deal popped up and I have Monk to thank for that. These past few days have been about catching up on Shu Takami's pet project after finished the Ace Attorney series and I must say, it really is a game Ace Attorney fans must try after getting all they can from the Ace series. It's almost hard to believe this used to be a DS game. I even played this in front of my friend and told them how well it works despite being ported from a system that uses two screens. Maybe the actual dual screen usage was rather mild at best though. I can imagine Ghost Trick being a game where the top screen, where all the action happens, just slides down to the touch screen when you need it, which normally has nothing happening on it.


Sissel's famously graceful death

I must be halfway through it but the mysteries continue to pile onto each other, one after another. Sissel definitely has this air as a cool as beans detective though but I also see why everyone loves Missile whenever he gets brought up.

Speaking of iOS, I decided to download one of those social games we all may take a disliking to. However, if you've seen any movies this past season, you'll know what I'm talking about when I say Clash of Clans had one effective ad running in theaters this season. Watching barbs mindlessly charge onto the field with distance-fighting, emotionally distant archers making cold comments on the action (We don't need any hog riders.) while a colorful cast of units also plow onto the field like the aloofly big giants and the hilariously motivated wall breakers (of course they're skeletons!).

I've played Farmville before along with other social games at the behest of friends and girlfriend like Megapolis and Candy (goddamn) Crush Saga. But the art direction and charm of Clash of Clans really rubs off on me despite it being like a lot of previous social games with in-app purchases. It's your typical you only have so much resources to spend so either spend money to keep going or wait a couple hours but I never get tired of plopping down barbs and watching them zerg rush whatever happens to be nearby. There is a multiplayer component I'm not ready to hit that involves trying your hand at invading other people's lands but since I've just started, I barely have any units to play with while I visit other friends' lands via Facebook connect and see them have things like humongous gold caches and barbarian giants roaming around.

Also my Cblog Interview finally came out with no pictures.

Also, what the heck Terry? What's up with your anti-Pokemon agenda? What's your angle?


* - Panza paints us a lovely picture of Lovecrafting horror with Call of Cthuhlu

* - Rekka insightfully explores the semantics of how Drag-on Dragoon was changed to Drakengard

* - Pure devotion to your Swedish voice

* - Ah. That's me. On Cblog Interviews. YOU WANT MY PICTURES YET?

* - Presidente got his mom to play games finally. What kind of art house, post-modern, deco philosopher's game does she pl- it's a puzzle shapes game

* - Spieler-Liberace reviews Rockband: Afterlife edition

* - Redheady stumbles upon the break up of the century between the Nintendo's secret love triangle


P - Pocketoid 46 is out! Time to put a fork in 2013

A - Buddha continues the Pokemon train for Wednesday. He realizes his appreciation of the 20-year-old pocket monster game

A - Poppadops reviews how games help us cope with grief

P - Go for Volgarrainbow!

A - Jason has faith in Nintendo, even though half his listed games are third-party games





S - Suminigans spent $7 than he had to at PS+


T - Terry's hipster list of top 10 Pokemon

N - Deathbound for Starbound

R - Dannaz loves him dat Witcher 2





L - Do you need more holistic medicines to avoid Steve Jobs early death? Smiles are placebos at best man!

R - I actually use Duncan's AC musical life hack in app form for Google Chrome


F - More to come

F - Pirst fost


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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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