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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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It feels like it's been a decade since we've seen the rise of the crowdfunded game. I'm always surprised when I remind myself that crowdfunding has been a thing long before the first crowdfunded video game, but nowadays a crowdfunded game seems like a dime a dozen.

Of course such a phrase is an incredible disservice to some of the great games that have come out thanks to websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Games like FTL, Shovel Knight, and even Undertale are around thanks to crowdfunding; thanks to people gathering around and literally putting their money where their mouth is, a game they want gets funded and inevitably the greater landscape of gaming benefits from it. Most of the time the landscape gets to benefit from it anyways.

Don't worry though, this month's bloggers wanted prompt isn't an exploratory thesis on the effects of crowdfunding on video game development. We just want you to talk about your favorite games, as long as they were crowdfunded. This topic can be simultaneously broad and narrow, because you can talk about whatever game you want, however you want, as long as it was crowdfunded.
For me, FTL is the original crowdfunded game, and it was great. It was somehow minimalist and incredibly detailed at the same time, and it was all done because a man wanted to do it, but needed the money, and thousands of other people wanted to see where his idea would go. Shovel Knight to me feels like this natural evolution of the classic 8-bit gaming of yore without also throwing myself back to a time when gaming was honestly comparatively archaic. And everyone's talked to death about Undertale, so we all know where I'd go with that.

To participate in this month's bloggers wanted, just start a blog! Oh, and title it "Crowdfunded: [your blog title here]." I bet this month is going to be pretty diverse, since it's basically writing about your favorite crowdfunded game. So I hope to hear about some good games revisited or amazing games no one has heard about.

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