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Cblogs of 03/01/13 and bbainisms

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So Bit.Trip Runner 2 came out this week! I've been so excited about this game ever since it was announced, and playing it for a bit at PAX got me even more excited. Now it's finally out, but I'm gonna have to wait a few more days to get it, since I was planning on getting the PS3 version. There are some differences for the PS3 version, but I'm not really sure what a lack of depth of field and shadow filtering even mean, so I probably won't miss them, and I probably wouldn't care about micro-leaderboards anyway. There's still going to be regular old leaderboards, I'm sure. I saw some people on Twitter poking fun at people for settling for "inferior" versions of the game, but really? These minor differences don't matter much in the long run. I'm just glad I get to play the game on my console of choice! And I'm sure it will be a beautiful game no matter what version you end up with.

While I wait for the PS3 version of Runner 2 to drop though, I've got Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne to keep me busy. I just picked it up a few days ago and I'm only a few hours in, but I'm already loving it.



This is the first non-Persona SMT game I've tried playing, so I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but it seems like it's going to focus more on battling and dungeon crawling than the story-heavy focus of the Persona games. And from what I've played so far, I think I'm OK with that! One thing that I loved about the Persona games was all the different demons you could collect as personas, because their designs were all really awesome! You don't get to see them in action much outside of battle though, so I never felt that I was truly able to appreciate their intriguing designs. Nocturne focuses much more heavily on those same demons, and so I'm finally able to interact with them and see them in action up-close. I love coming across demons on the streets of ruined Tokyo and thinking, "Whoa, hey, that's Shiisaa! I know that demon!" and then running up and chatting with them.

One of the first demons I recruited into my party (via fusion) was Jack Frost, one of my favorites from the SMT series, so that made me pretty happy. The ability to recruit all the different kinds of demons has sort of rekindled the "Gotta catch 'em all!" mentality of Pokemon games, which I also experienced recently with Ni no Kuni (although I eventually stopped trying to catch them all). I wonder how many demons I'll end up recruiting in Nocturne?

Also, I really want an art book of all these demons! I found a few Japanese art books which gather the works of Kazuma Kaneko (the series' illustrator), but they're way too expensive. It's too bad the Persona series hasn't inspired an English version of that kind of art book yet.



* - Sir Davies contemplates linearity in video games and the future of narrative in gaming. Personally, I think I prefer more linear stories myself, but I do think it's interesting when developers try new things.

* - Communitoid Episode 8 sounds quite delicious!

A - CaimDark ruminates over how Nintendo can become relevant again in their future handheld and console releases. Perhaps they should go back to the basics?

A - tijames had an argument about used games and online passes, and brought up some good points.





F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + Cooking with Cornflake!

F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + Bioshock Infinite hype!

F - Friday Night Fights on the Wii U + Contest time!

T - Aliens: Colonial Marines made GlowBear a sad panda... bear. But on the bright side, look at that adorable kitty cuddling with a facehugger! :3

T - Cyrus doesn't get the appeal of Classic mode in Fire Emblem: Awakening. I was under the impression that permadeath of characters could lead to a more interesting, engaging story and more intense battles.

T - Danielzilla was not very impressed with the Castlevania: Mirror of Fate demo.

D - POStudios discusses the inspiration behind one of their characters.

D - ArkCo is preparing to show off their game, Edge of Space, at PAX. Good luck, guys!

$ - March 1st UK releases and bargains!





? - Cliffy B whips out his e-peen to try and humiliate Epic-Kx on Twitter. Why, you ask? Who knows...

V - A history of the ESRB in video format.

C - Brief thoughts by TurboPhoenix: Microtransactions and DLC can be OK, depending on the situation.

F - "Juicers"? Are you kidding me? That's just... no.

F - Yeah, umm... I don't get this guy at all. o_O



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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!

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.

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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.

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

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-Aporia: Beyond The Valley (Multiple Keys)
-The Witness
-Citadel: Forged With Fire (Multiple Keys)
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