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Cblogs of 02/06 and strategically placed Striderisms

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WHOA NELLY! I got myself an iPhone!

It feels like I'm finally realizing my potential as a tech savvy, social media acolyte. And with the data plan to continue using it outside of my local wifi network, I'm continually surprised at just how much I've been missing out.

I mean, I can finally check up on my social media and email while outside, even while at work! Anything interesting happens or passes by, it won't escape my steely gaze! Plus the extendability of the apps is mind boggling even though most people have probably been doing since 2006.

Take for example the Fire Emblem Awakening release fiasco. I was just out shopping when my local GameStop didn't stock it. Would I need to go home and try calling around using my laptop? Nope! Just get on my iPhone, search for other stores, and I could even click on the provided number and call them seamlessly without missing a beat. I ended up finding plenty of copies at my local Fry's Electronics. I've also been gassing it becoming that Instagram guy. Someone who loves sharing almost everything he finds interesting to snap. I do have more restraint and don't bombard my Instagram feed endlessly luckily though. I've especially taken to snapping interesting pictures behind the scenes at work. While also remaining vigilant on what may cross the line for stuff that may need to stay secretive. Disney likes to keep the process behind the curtain just that: behind the curtain.



Speaking of Fire Emblem Awakening, I've gotten far enough to realize that it's a pretty rad game.

I've never played a Fire Emblem game. I simply know Marth and Roy from Smash Bros. Melee. So when I heard Awakening was coming out for the 3DS, I knew I should get it, if at least to round out my 3DS library. What I wasn't expecting was for their to be a manic shortage. It was probably a shipping bungle but I was pretty worried about procuring a copy within a reasonable time. I mean, most GameStops said they'd be getting theirs in on the 8th. The 8th? That's like, forever in gaming news. Luckily, not only did I find a copy, I found it outside of GameStop so I didn't have to give them any money. And I'm seeing that I'm gelling perfectly with it because I still have a history of Advance Wars to go on.

Basically, I have to consider every unit precious. While I'd crank out Infantry as diversions in Advance Wars, I'd need to carefully consider formation and support so that not one unit would hit the dreaded zero HP drop. Even though it's an SRPG, there seem to be no revival mechanics and playing on Casual sounds like blasphemy. Even if I'd accept Casual, I'd like to see how the story would play out if I took a wrong turn somewhere. Granted, I may still restart if I feel cheated out of a unit but I'll try my best to stay the course.


Go get'em Donnel!

So far, my favorite units besides the insanely overleveled Frederick is Kellem. I mean, how is a knight wearing stupidly oversized armor overlooked? The guy could be a ninja the size of a Buick for all we care. But when it comes down to brass tacks, that armor makes Kellem hard as nuts to crack, which makes him the perfect wall to protect some of my imporant support units like clerics and mages.

Speaking of support units, I've been milking Virion for all he's worth as the lone archer so far. I'm still wrapping my head around his strike zone since mage have a similar strike zone but can fight back but so far it seems that Virion is certainly a powerful support sniper to put behind a bulkier unit like Frederick or Kellem. But I'm downright surprised at how paper thin Miribel's defenses are. I know mages are supposed to be weak but goddamn, she cannot take a hit. I'm lucky she's survived what we've weathered so far but it's a good thing she can sidestep counterattacks by striking from a diagnol position.

I'm barely scratching the surface with advance classes and additional skills to level up and I'm already enjoying it at a basic level. I'm just glad I finally unlocked the wireless streetpass features so I can start seeing what teams the guests of California Adventure are bringing into my lands.



I finally unlocked the Geth Trooper Soldier too and man is he fun. Just slap a decent shield shredding weapon on him and watch him go to town with the correctly specced Flamer. I've killed everything from Cerberus Troopers to armored Scions in seconds flat thanks to this thing. And I specced his passive wrong too. I can't wait to see how effective he'll be if I max out Fortification for full DR and slap an Acolyte on him. Shorting out shields and burninating fools left and right. I gotta remember to make his color yellow and make him a bonafide Geth Pyro unit.

* - Seymour Duncan loves Dead Space 3. You don't wanna ride the Dead Space train? Get the fuck off!

* - You better fucking listen to Vidjagame Apocalypse. RIP TalkRadar

A - Mundane tasks simulator 2013: the game

A - RIP Chipin, Kickstarter stole your thunder

A - How a dream got Blinky Pixels to think about the snowball effect that happens to video games in the media all the time

A - RIP Chipin, long live I'm Raising

S - The NinPower retrospective part 9!





I - Philtang introduces himself with elitism. Not really. Just wishing for hard modes

H - Holy crap, look at Zoel's Ikaruga setup and other miscellaneous swag

T - Kingsharkboi loved him some God of War 2

T - Come for the Spec Ops theorycraft, stay for Holmes' best comment ever




Dammit, cast your stupid magic Miribel!





F - OBJECTION


~ StriderHoang


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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.

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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.

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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.

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