Wow, today was a great day for the Cblogs! Lots of blogs, and most of them were good to boot, I mean look at all that ‘sauce I handed out! And most of what I didn't sauce was definitely good stuff too.
But first things first:
Trivia time! In two weeks of–isms, how many video games have I mentioned?
Answer: Zero. Squat. Bupkis. Not a single fucking one! And come on, isn’t this supposed to be Destructoid? Hell, you’d almost think it was Kotaku up in this joint! Let's fix that, shall we?
Anyway, I’ve told you that I’ve been very busy in the past couple of weeks, and yes, that also meant that I barely played any video games at all. In fact, just yesterday I saw this on my Steam account (warning, not for the faint of heart):
I don’t think I’ve ever seen that since I got into Steam.
I took a couple of minutes on January 1st to visit Calendar Man in Batman: Arkham City, but that was literally it, when it comes to Steam at least. However, in order to preserve my mental health, I’ve been playing a bit of Pokémon Black 2 on my DS during what little free time I had. There’s one other game I’ve been playing as well, but I’m saving that for a special blog, which I will now continue to tease you with despite the fact that I know perfectly well that it may be weeks until it sees the light of day. Take that!
Anyway, Pokémon then. First off: Fennekin kicks ass. ‘nuff said. He’s awesome and I want him.
The one thing I hope, and I can’t say this often enough, is that it doesn’t turn into a Fire/Fighting. Blaziken was completely awesome in Gen III (it’s a badass kung fu fighting fire-chicken, what’s not to love?), Infernape was already meh (“So it’s like Blaziken, but now a monkey?”) and Emboar just sucked (“Oh come on! Again?! How do you even turn a pig into a fighter?”), so I hope Game Freak can revive (rekindle, if you will) my love for the Fire-starter. I have faith in Fennekin though. I believe.
As for Pokémon Black 2, I liked it I guess. I didn’t feel it was a major improvement over the past games, and the ability to catch Pokémon from previous generations was nice, but nothing amazing.
I had already played White 1 before, so I set it upon myself to make a completely different team for this one. Team Kick-ass in White, by the way: Samurott, Krookodile (this guy’s my man), Chandelure (love his design), Eelektross, Reuniclus, Lilligant (with a 120 base power Petal Dance and an Ability that prevents the resulting confusion <3) and a wild-card Archeops (the fact that they made an Archaeopteryx-Pokémon is completely sweet). Took a while to raise all of them, since almost all of them start really slow, but I’ll be damned if they weren’t worth it. When I play Pokémon I always try to go for the monsters I like and that aren’t crap, and I think I really succeeded more than ever in White, so Black 2 had a lot to live up to.
To differentiate it from my White playthrough, I chose Snivy as a starter and promptly named it “/care”. Because seriously, look at the little guy. Snivy does not give a fuck. “/care doesn’t give a fuck” quickly became my Black 2 catch-phrase. “Wait, so you’re saying that the 8th gym, after Dragon, is Water-based? Oh, I’m so sorry, but /care doesn’t give a fuck."
Not a single fuck.
After him, I caught a Riolu in like the second route of the game (seriously, Game Freak?), and he did amazing work as a Lucario. A little later, Magnemite was added to the team and evolved fairly quickly into Magneton and later Magnezone. This guy’s beastly Special Attack pretty much destroyed anything that wasn’t resistant to Elec. Growlithe -> Arcanine wasn’t quite as useful as I would’ve liked him to be, but he still did alright. Trapinch isn’t very good in itself, but I really love Flygon, so in the end it was all worth it. The final addition to the team was a Starmie, and very late too, because for some reason Black 2 is severely lacking in decent Water types until very late in the game. In hindsight, I could’ve easily gone with Vaporeon, but I didn’t for some reason. Regardless, that was my final team. Could’ve been a bit more interesting, if I’m going to be completely honest, but eh. It was a pretty decent mix of the different Generations and they did the job alright. Definitely not on par with Team Kick-ass though.
At one point I also really want to do an all-Eevee run, because Eevee and its evolutions are flat-out the best Pokémon ever. Black or White 2 is probably the best game to try that with too. It has easily and early accessible Eevee, and 5 eeveelutions are accessible early in the game. The only downside is that both Leafeon and Glaceon can only be obtained post-Elite Four, so it’s probably going to be an Eevee + starter run, or five Eeveelutions and just plain old Eevee. …I so want to do that now.
All in all, Black 2 was good, but it’s definitely not necessary reading if you’ve experienced Black or White. I’m also not a fan of what Game Freak did to Team Plasma. In B/W, they seemed like they generally wanted the best for the Pokémon. They didn’t want to steal them or use them for profit or whatever, they just wanted them to be free. It was a very good move by Game Freak that actually caused people to reflect on the concept of Pokémon itself. Plasma even had a genuinely sympathetic leader in N, who was apparently such a good person that he was able to befriend a Legendary Pokémon no questions asked. In Black 2 though, Team Plasma was reduced to just another evil team trying to steal Pokémon. The quotes of the grunts are so blatantly made to be evil that it puts even Team Rocket to shame. “Here’s a Pokémon I stole. If it’s not good enough to beat you, I’ll just steal another one!” is quite literally what some of these guys are saying. They’re not even trying to mask the fact that they’re blatantly evil. I haven’t seen a team this obvious about wanting to steal Pokémon and only caring about their power since Team Rocket, and it really is sad how far Plasma has fallen. Bad call, Game Freak, bad call…
Oh, and while I’m complaining: Hugh is a dick.
And that, my friends, is what I’ve been spending what little time I actually had with. Luckily, I’m complete done now unless by some freak accident I have completely screwed up my last two exams, so I finally have time to play those strange things they call “video games” again! I needed this like you wouldn’t believe, seriously. A full month of studying is really draining, let me tell ya. As a present to myself, I’m thinking about getting a Wii U in the very near future, but I’m not sure when yet. I can definitely see the potential in that system, and I hope that it’ll give me as much joy as my Wii has. Or that other Wii, but that’s going to be hard to match (winkwinknudgenudge). As long as I can get it with Darksiders 2 and New Super Mario Bros. U, though, I think I’ll be set for a while until things like Pikmin 3 and Rayman Legends come out. After that, I hope the system will be gaining a bit more steam than it’s doing right now.
Speaking of steam: for now I think my first order of business should be to work through my massive Steam backlog. I’ve got way too many games that need playing, and it’s about damn time to start doing so. I watched Indie Game: The Movie yesterday, so that’s already one thing down. I have mixed feelings about this one. Particularly the parts towards the end where Phil Fish loses it, at one point legitimately threatening to kill his “ex-business partner”, and the fact that the directors never saw fit to let said business partner give his version of the events left me with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. I’m sure that guy (apparently named Jason DeGroot) is not in fact the devil personified, but you wouldn’t know it from the movie. It was worth it though to see the parts with Jon Blow and especially with Team Meat. Seeing the hopes of these guys that they can make something special, and how much they suffered for it, is extra special when you know how well Super Meat Boy did after the events shown in the movie. I couldn’t help but smile at Tommy’s promise to buy off his parents’ debt if the game would sell well, because I knew full well that he’d be able to do it, and then some. The best scene is where Super Meat Boy is just released and doing well, but tired, over-worked and completely stressed out Tommy doesn’t seem to care anymore. That is, until Edmund shows him Youtube videos of people playing the game. It ends up with Tommy and his family laughing hysterically, and at that point you know that it was all worth it.
Oh, and Jim Guthrie did the soundtrack. YES.
So that’s one part of the backlog done, but there’s still so much more to play! I mean, there’s still Sine Mora, Half Minute Hero, The Basement Collection, They Bleed Pixels....
- Or I could always go for some achievements in games I’ve already beaten, but haven’t quite finished, if you catch my drift. Like Dungeons of Dredmor, PixelJunk Eden, Trine 2, Awesomenauts, Ys Origin, And Yet It Moves, Renegade Ops…
Oh, you’re still here? Sorry ‘bout that.
May you always find water and shade
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!
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.
I've never run a contest before, so let's keep things simple. Write me a haiku about your favorite game.
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.
-Aporia: Beyond The Valley (Multiple Keys)
-Citadel: Forged With Fire (Multiple Keys)
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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