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Cblogs of 01/02 and the first Striderisms of the year!

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Remember how everyone was talking about Walking Dead for GOTY?

Yeah, I'm inclined to believe them a little now.

First of all, I came into possession of TWD by incredible happenstance. The first episode was free during the first week of Christmas. Then, the rest of the episodes were half off before New Years. Lastly, I already had some points laying around, probably from being an Xbox Live Rewards member. Final total for all 5 episodes of TWD came to $5 or 400 MS points spent. First episode free, 400 points lying around for two episodes (200 each), than a refill of 400 more points for the final two episodes. With the 2012 holiday sales on Xbox Live, I can see why everyone uses Steam so obsessively now. Snagging deals is a satisfactory feeling. And I hear word on the grapevine that Microsoft is thinking of implementing more Xbox Live Gold incentives to attract subscribers. Funny how rumors are spreading that Sony is thinking of adding a some sort of subscription fee to base users to make Playstation Plus more appealing.



So what do I think of TWD? Well, for one, I'm only 20 minutes into the first episode. I haven't gone further when I could've because I needed a break. I haven't needed a break from a game since I was a little kid binging on Super Mario World. Those first few moments after you get past the initial conversation were some of the most intense moments in gaming I've ever had. And TWD can technically be classified as a point-and-click game! It's basically built on top notch writing to cool your jets between OH-HOLY-BALLS-WHAT-THE-HELL-IS-HAPPENING-GET-ME-OUT-OF-HERE moments.

If there's one thing I constantly enjoy, it's watching Lee's convincingly distraught face always stay on his face as shit keeps getting worse and worse.

I also, finally, got around to watching Community. In fact, it was the references to Community in a blog post analyzing why the writer hates The Big Bang Theory so much that got me to start it up. It got me thinking about what TBBT is really on about and made me really think about how I felt about the show. As a show, it's perfectly passable. My girlfriend is a fan of the show and even she's tapered off a bit, but I'd watch the show with her when she turned it on. And by itself, it's perfectly fine.

But showing nerds in a more mainstream fashion wasn't something it exactly did right. Thinking back on the jokes the audience laughed at, they were more laughing at the nerds rather than with them or alongside them. TBBT at times is more like watching a zoo stocked with the same nerd stereotypes we've always seen in TV as opposed to something more progressive. And that's a shame really.



Unfortunately, I'm tapped out of things to talk about. Why? Because I wanna save what I want to talk about for Animal Crossing in my own blog as opposed to Striderisms.

Also, late night thoughts: Christmas massacre style.

Also also, I might as well take this chance to say I've been having trouble bringing the Fapcast back. None of the recappers seem to have time. If you're interested, just PM me, StriderHoang, and let's hammer out a return for the Fapcast!

* - Patrick Hancock put Persona 4 Arena on his top 10 for 2012 YAAAAAAAAY

* - Everyday Legend returns from the otherside

* - MGS4? MisterDonut fucking loved MGS4. Every single detail of it.

* - I was gonna put Seymour's blog about his Christmas haul with the Wii U in wordtoid... at night

* - Phil journal of not starving in Don't Starve. That also means not dying in a fire

* - The Tortle indulges us with his top 10 choices

A - The chronicles of Playboy's streaming woes

A - Monkey News didn't know how to start a blog about losing his gaming mojo. Until he started his blog about losing his gaming mojo

M - The SilverDragon graces us with his top 10 games of 2012

M - Ali D puts his money where his top 10 games of 2012 is

A - WHOA! Realism. Like, take a piss in the middle of a gunfight because it can't wait real.

M - Fraser played games. But here are his fav 10 from 2012

A - Dragon Age taught YC's valuable life lessons of hardship, decision making, and sacrificing Elven slaves

A - Pixielated loves Jessica Nigri and I'm ok with that





I - Aaron joins the community by posing the question of just how saturated the market has become for shooters

I - Draco introduces himself. Somehow.

R - Jeremy didn't like his Wii U as he made an extensive write up on it

D - A dev blog I DON'T HATE! SpeedFetus has an interesting game he's artsying up for called BLOK





C - Rey ends his vague impression of how little he's played Binding of Isaac with a mixtape plug

F - Zombie plugs


~ StriderHoang


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What did I leave out of my Striderisms in an effort to post on my own goddamn blog? A new Weeaboo Corner and an Animal Crossing Retrospective. First, Animal Crossing!
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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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