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Cblogs of 03/06 and Platinumisms

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Operation Lodestar has now taken affect on Mass Effect 3's multiplayer and it's spurred me into doing a lot of things I don't normally do and learn how to improve myself as a player.

For those who don't know, the wave based, Horde survival is divided into different tiers of difficulty: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. Platinum is different in that in addition to making the enemies tougher, enemies of different factions that you didn't pick will start to show up. So not only will Banshees and Brutes rush you, but an Atlas or two will bombard you with flak cannons. And Lodestar's crowning achievement objective is to extract on Platinum four times; once for each faction.

Playing a few Platinum lobbies, I'm starting to see the Matrix code for what makes a good N7 team and how they'll survive. More importantly, it's taught me what it takes to survive gold pugs. I used to be more of a silver pugger, but playing a few plats along with getting used to a very powerful kit has allowed me to hang around gold much more and earn a lot of extra creds to make my gold runs more efficient.

A good team will need at least one beefy tanker. An N7 Destroyer will do in a pinch but nothing tops the new Geth Juggernaut. These guys need to draw aggro because in gold and above, a simple foot soldier will drop your shields like nothing, and you'd much rather have a tough as nails tank take that fire instead of a squishy biotic. You'll need an AoE DPS machine too. Someone who can blanket an area with damage and do it constantly. Normally, this is where biotic combos come into play, but I normally fill this role with my Geth Trooper flamer. There's also the spiker, someone who delivered punctuated strikes of high damage to individual units. Usually, an infiltrator fills this role by constantly using Tac Cloak and using its bonuses. Their cloak also helps in objective completions.

It goes without saying that consumables are a must, preferably high end ones. In silver, you catch a bad habit of being stingy since you want to save up for gold, but even in silver you have to learn to use what you got since you often times won't know how bad your team mates will be. But in gold, you have to learn to use them at the right moment. Who knows if when your team will get wiped suddenly? Might as well medi-gel yourself just in case.

Last night, I played with the perfect team and scored 200k credits plus a notch for the Lodestar operation for my trouble. I topped the scoreboard since Geth Trooper flamer tends to do that and we went out separate ways afterwards. Just tonight, I tried to recreate that situation to no avail. My last plat lobby ended in failure as my team mates couldn't handle the heat and the best I could do was score points really. I could kill a lot of things but my team mates couldn't keep up and I ended up with too many enemies and boss aggro.

So far, I've only completed Cerberus plat, with three more factions to go. I've completed the other two objectives of Lodestar but things are looking unlikely for the last stretch. Still, the flavortext to Lodestar made it sound like the weekend operations for ME3 are winding down and that would be a darn shame. I guess the finality of Citadel and Bioware's readiness to move on is finally setting in. I was hoping the multiplayer would at least continue to get support in the form of the weekend bounty weekends but it looks like the inevitable is coming to pass; the devs will move on and it'll be up to the players to keep the game alive until someone decides enough is enough and pulls the plug.

Also, [the following has been redacted due to NDA constraints for Battleblock Theater]. Man, so much fun.


My favorite new banner, rocking it personally.

* - Remember Doom's box art? Panza remembers a lot more about it then you do

* - Gaming in Pakistan or how it doesn't really exist and when it does, it sounds crazy

* - Keurof believes that Level-5's experience on dealing with a formula is the secret to success with a long running series

* - Seymour said he liked Ni No Kuni dammit. He just loves P4 more. Because of presentation.

* - I have a feeling Elsa's critique on damsels in distress will be more enlightening than Anita's video

* - Play Melodisle. Badstar gave the perfect first impression

A - Tobias doesn't like how Eagle Eye mode keeps popping up in games, but what about Detective Mode in Arkham?

P - Taco Tuesdays remembers to update to episode 17

M - FalconReaper reminisces about Y0j1mb0. Who doesn't know Y0j1mb0?

A - People are hating yearly sequels and TonicBH is among them





I - Say hello to Tron!

D - Fullicide's site will not be launching due to the legal system being a dick

T - habslove's race to the platinum trophy for Tomb Raider

D - Jenius made a game based on his school

N - habslove's race to platinum part 2

N - What's Torment? CaimDark cares though

D - poStudios didn't mind that Cognition got a 7/10 from Dtoid

T - Random factoids on Amazing Spider-Man for the Wii. Also, why haven't you introduced a segment called The Grind?





C - An angry, angry rant on a terrible, terrible EA

? - Don't you complain to me about putting this here. I... I can't go back.






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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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