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Cblogs of 02/10/2010 + Sykisms

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The call of Rapture was just far too strong for me and overwhelmed my cynicism of the game. I have to say that right now I'm extremely glad of the fact. Dual-wielding plasmids and a gun is sooo much better than switching between the two in the first game. It's also damn near essential once the insanely quick Big Sisters get involved. The game is also much, much scarier than the first game because it uses some great survival horror tricks. Ammo is far rarer than it was before, enemies have a habit of coming out of nowhere and there can be long periods of time where there are no enemies around. Then there's the audio, the music is one thing but then there's the idle chatter of splicers who haven't seen you. The whirring of a security camera and the clanking of a Big Daddy add to the atmosphere more than the first time. Then there's the terrifying shriek of a Big Sister, trust me when I say if you're low on ammo and health when you hear that you will start to panic.

BUT there are big problems too. Hacking is now piss-easy to the point where pretty much every vending machine coughs up free ammo and medkits. Then the remote hack dart turns every camera and turret into your willing slave. This basically means that I'm less moving through and surviving Rapture and more taking over territory. I also discovered that it's pretty simple to always have security bots following you. Hack something near a bot shutdown panel and screw it up to release bots, run to the panel to shut them down then hack them to take them as your own. Thankfully Big Daddies aren't even slightly fased by bots, swatting them out the sky like giant flies.

Bottom line, Bioshock 2 is worth your time if you enjoyed the first game. The story may not be quite as good, but the improvements to the actual gameplay easily balance it out. Go play it.

Also the video research camera owns the original research camera so much it's embarassing.

Also again I had a great idea for a possible Bioshock 3. I may put it into a cblog or some fanfiction at some point.



* - Fuck yeah Muppets
* - I love gamer origin stories, Ryan Slattery's produced a good one
* - ATLAS IS BACK!!
* - Blehman owns some fail
* - Epic flowchart



A - Mass Effect 2's characters are meaningless
A - Predators > Aliens
A - GeekyJuuu on his relationship with shmups
A - Looking back over Pathologic
A - Nilcam has ideas for the Tatsunoko vs Capcom engine
M - The Grand Jackass of Obscurity
M - Kart Racing
S - What I've Learnt From Videogames: Photography
S - The end of Trigun in AniWednesday
S - Off Brand Games takes on the Mario Galaxy rip DuLuDuBi Star
P - Ygro's putting together his Sega podcast



C - Animucast has some figures up for grabs



C - Resonance of Fate seems to be ripping off Septerra Core
C - Why Leviathan isn't buying Bioshock 2
C - 10 things Battlefield Bad Company 2 could do better than MW2
S - PC vs Console: FIGHT
S - From normal gamer to insider and back again
S - Nekobun's snow day
I - Break out the lube and welcome Lenano
I - More intro from Kadaj OMG ITS A GURL!!
I - Power-Glove's created Dtoid Pennsylvania and Dtoid Midwest
B - IT'S AEROX'S BIRTHDAY!!



N - Fallout: New Vegas info
N - There is already Zorua porn
N - More Warhawk stuff coming to Playstation Home
T - Cazza's thoughts on Bioshock 2
T - And NateT on the same subject
T - This guy wants to talk about Mass Effect 2's ending
R - Mario Party 5
R - Mass Effect 2



M - Dillinger review's Rob Zombie's new album



L - Oregon Trail 4D?
C - Maybe explain why you chose these 10



F - Bad point badly made
F - No-one cares
F - Don't copy-pasta, you should know better
F - FAIL
F - No.
F - We're still beating this dead horse?
F - No, not funny



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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!

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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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