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Cblogs of 02/22/13 and bbainisms

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So the PS4 looks pretty cool. I've owned every other Playstation console, so I'll probably get this one eventually, but not for another year or so at least. I'm still quite comfortable with my PS3 anyway, there's still a ton of games I'd like to play on that before moving on to something new.



But I'm sure you've heard plenty about the PS4 by now, huh?

In other news, I beat Ni No Kuni, and even did most of the endgame stuff as well. It was such a fantastic game, definitely in my top 10 RPGs. The story was a bit predictable and could have used some work in a few places, but other than that (and some questionable AI), I was completely enthralled by the entire game. The addictive nature of collecting and training familiars, combined with possibly my favorite combat mechanics in an RPG, and some of the most beautiful graphics on top of that? Just amazing...

I finished the game with some particularly adorable (and powerful!) familiars, including a pirate kitty, a superhero bat, a mechanical, pipe-smoking grandpa, and more. I even managed to catch a Tokotoko and a gold Toko, which are incredibly difficult to catch (they have a 2% catch rate or something?), which are both adorable and very reminiscent of Ghibli characters. They look like something that could have been in My Neighbor Totoro. And speaking of Ghibli, the game had its fair share of Ghibli references, which were always exciting whenever I discovered one. I caught references to Porco Rosso, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and possibly Howl's Moving Castle (Marcassin reminded me a lot of Howl, especially when you first meet him). There were probably more that I missed as well. Being a Ghibli fan, this made the game even more exciting for me!


Could this scene be a reference to the hair dye scene from Howl's Moving Castle?

It also got me in the mood to watch more Ghibli movies. I should try to track down the ones I haven't seen yet. I've had my eye on Kiki's Delivery Service for quite awhile now...



No topsauce this week :(

A - bum champion (hehe) had a terrible experience at GAME during the Metal Gear Rising launch, and now wishes for the company's downfall.

A - islan still has hope for the PS4's backwards compatibility options.

A - The PS4 will apparently have demos for every game. Trioptical wonders whether this will ultimately be good or bad for publishers.

A - TroyFullbuster will probably hold out on buying a PS4 for now, as the Wii U is beginning to catch his interest instead.

A - There were no women in Sony's conference? Sexism! Controversy!





F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + An unimpressed Trev.

F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + NextBox?

F - Friday Night Fights on the Wii U + Monster Hunter and a contest!

S - nintendoll's journey to the Omegathon part 2, in which she must procure a decent headshot!

T - It seems some of the music in Metal Gear Rising has changed slightly since the demo.

T - King K. Rool would be a pretty neat addition to the Super Smash Bros. roster!

T - technologic defends Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. It may be hard and confusing, but he still enjoyed his time with it!

T - Everyday Legend is really digging the combat in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, because you're forced to learn it on your own.

T - CaimDark knocked seven games out of his backlog, and offers up his thoughts on three of them.

R - SephirothX reviews Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. He really liked it!

R - GremlinStenning reviews Dead Space 3. Guess he wasn't impressed.

$ - February 22nd UK releases and bargains!

A - Beatbeat hits us with his crazy cool art, featuring sexy toad babes and other babe-related things!

C - Muckfoot plans to make a list of every video game he plays. As of now, the list is comprised of... only one game?

V - Travis Crawford made a video about Warframe.



No fails this week either :)



- bbain

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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.

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.

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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.

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