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Cblog Recaps of 12/18/13 and Striderisms!

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I'm kind of nervous about participating in the Dtoid Pokemon tournament later. It never feels great to get swept easily under the rug by some obscure set up sweeper. That's the thing about the new generation of Pokemon. It's impossible to prepare yourself out of 650 possible threats. Much less when you consider the not fully evolved Pokemon but still, there's only so much you can do with a team. I've only just now finished what I think is my balanced team which isn't my themed rain dance or sunny day team. I'm still nervous because the sudden appearance of a hypnosis Gengar or a set up Mega Mawile would screw me over royally.

It's worth noting that Pokemon X and Y have been out for over two months and yet in one week, the metagame we've been playing with for these few months will be shaken up fresh again when Pokebank drops. Pokebank, to me, is slowly growing as a bigger and bigger deal as the date grows closer. I have Pokemon that date back to Emerald version. Pokemon that date back to 8 years can be transferred to this new 3D generation of Pokemon. Even for a pessimist, that's bits of data that's 8-years-old! I have essays that old sitting in my hard drive! I still have the shiny Rhyhorn I caught back in Emerald version's safari zone. When by all accounts such a rare find would have fled in the goddamn safari zone, I still managed to catch it! It's now a Rhyperior, a bipedal, albino, rhino, sitting in my Pokemon Black card after jumping games through various transfer methods for over 8 years. It first transferred after plugging Emerald into a DS to Pokemon Diamond. Then it transferred again with the help of my girlfriend's DS to wirelessly transfer from Diamond to Black. And in a week with Pokebank, this albino rhino who could will finally enter the 3D world in all its shiny glory!



I think that's an important facet to Pokemon that naysayers and doom gloomers need to remember about Pokemon's success, especially when compared to other monster franchises. Long time trainers have a long time connection to their particular mons. Past the thought that you're attached to Pokemon you've taken through one game's story mode, almost every game since Gold/Silver has allowed to you continue using your progressively older and experience and used Pokemon. I have a friend who had his 3DS stolen, which was carrying his copy of Pokemon Y which had Pokemon that dated back to the original Pokemon Red version! I have quite a few cherished Pokemon dating back quite a ways too. Of course, I still come back to my greatest shame of accidentally deleting a stash of Pokemon that were stuck on my Pokemon Ranch on Wii before I sold it to someone on eBay. I'm pretty sure I lost my one and only Ho-oh and the Latios twins.


R.I.P. 2005 - 2007


Of course, Pokebank will be around for all future Pokemon games, especially the predicted Pokemon Z. And Pokebank will allow us to more easily transfer Pokemon to newer games and generations and for that, I'll be happy. Every transfer method before had utilized multiple handheld systems but now Pokebank will let us do it easily by ourselves.

Well, I also have a shiny Roserade but her stats are weird.


* - Nintendo is always doomed unless they always pay attention to AboveUp's suggestions

* - STOCK TALK with Macmanus the Macmanalyst

* - White America has spoken on who is the most averagely white male character of all males

* - Learn how King Sushi became who he is today


M - What'choo know about Dreamweaver's preference in Anarchy Reigns?

A - I guess we're spoiled. Sure, why not?





S - Yeah, ok. Pre-order stuff you want or get boned like Tartie


V - AsaiNoTran presents the most amiable video game places to be in

T - IS has a rant about the Vox Populi in Binfinite

T - Decide which screenshot should be used as tribute reference for Ridge Racer's tribute piece

D - Play a game made by a Dtoid member and his pals and share your thoughts!

V - Obsidian has problems and Andy Stead wants them fixed

$ - ARE YOU LETTING YOUR POKEMON HAVE SEX HEALTHILY?

V - The continued adventures of Doctor Vegas in Fallout Who

V - Cleaning up blood and wanks in the morning with Seymour Butts to Dunk


L - A challenger to Dtoid story time appears! Pixilated Dreams with Pixilated


L - LINK HAS A BLUE SCARF!!!!


F - BOOTY BOOTY BOOTY BOOTY BOOTY BOOTY


~ Albino Rhinos

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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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