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LONG BLOG

Cblogs of 03/17/2010 + Sykisms

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There are two schools of thought over Final Fantasy XIII. One is that the game is a linear turdpile populated by unlikable characters, driven by an incomprehensible plot which plays itself for almost the entire 40-50 hour runtime. The other school of thought is that it's a glorious game with a superbly tactical battle system. The problem is that there is very little middle ground. Having been playing it pretty much all week though let me talk about my opinion a bit better equipped and informed than I was last week. I still love it. However what I think is the best FFXIII review I've read is the review from Edge (which you can read here. Now Edge praised the latter half of the game highly but punished it in the score department for it's glacial ending and the fact that you really have to put the effort and time in to get the most out of it. I agree with pretty much all of their points, but I haven't been as annoyed by certain things. As for Jim's review though, the day it went up one Mr Yahtzee Croshaw put on his Twitter that he's doing FFXIII for Zero Punctuation next week. As much as Jim may have been disappointed and dismayed to have to rip the game up I have a feeling Mr Croshaw is already deciding which knife he's going to use.

The second part of this -isms bit was going to be a heartfelt defense of Jim Sterling, a man who I refuse to stop loving a defending even while he's ripping my puppy's limbs off but it was getting too depressing. So instead I'm going to talk about Blur. Blur is absolutely glorious fun when it works. Now with this being a beta I'm not demanding 100% working code, but the ability to connect to a game and not losing all my stats any time my connection drops would be really appreciated. The balance also seems to be fucked up the ass, the opening 20 seconds of a race determine what kind of race it will be. Will it be the '1 guy escapes the opening melee to never be seen again' or the 'everyone bunches up to create a decent race'? Most of the time it's the former, meaning that if you don't win the starting grid lottery you'll be racing for 2nd at best. The idea is pretty damn good, but the game needs a massive amount of balancing work if it's going to be any good come release.

Also played Perfect Dark XBLA for a little bit earlier, strange isn't it how you don't realise how much you've come to rely on FPS signposting until it's gone.

Oh yeah, I'm supposed to do something about Cblogs...



* -There are some golden comments here.
* - Neonie doesn't blog much, but when he can produce lulz like this...
* - The rebuttal, equally lulworthy
* - This guy has the right idea, also makes a similar point to the Edge review I linked
* - "Jim Sterling wins the lottery, immediately gives it a 4/10"
* - This is a good blog that contains the single greatest metaphor I've ever seen



A - The fine line between videogames and storytelling
A - What the 2010 IGF tells us about indie games
A - Another response to Jim's article
M - Sex is awkward
M - Sex.
S - TSP beat Spirit Tracks
S - Metallion continues to look back over the X-Com series
S - AniWednesday, supposedly vidja-related
S - JanitorShmoo is trying a new series with some final opinions on Heavy Rain
P - SEGA ADDICTS!!



E - Gobun's Deadly Premonitions contest entry, it's funktastic (entry not related to Funktastic of the forums)



B - I don't have the Birthdaytoid banner code due to the frontpage, so they're going in here, this is Zodiac Eclipse
B - VGFreak
B - Bigby
B - Nihon
B - Siegfreid
B - Walrusmustdash
B - Cypher
B - Marioland
B - Gaping Maw

E - Adopt an Avatar for PAX East
I - Ctrain's new here, and brings his opinions of Dtoid
C - Monkey King has a good rant about Nier
C - Studakris wonders about the lack of WW1 games
S - Cazza was spurned by Nintendo, serves him right for being Scottish
S - Jomonoe talks about that first ice break with a fellow gamer



N - Hmm, Rainbow 6 news in July?
N - Interesting rumour, Gamestop being bought out?
N - God of War 3 soundtracks are downloadable apparently
T - TSP's impressions of Infinite Space, a game I really want to play
R - Heavy Rain, sorta
R - Heavy Rain again, the opposite to the other one
R - God of War 3
D - Iconstyle talks about his game, he lost me at zombies



A - Lekku made some custom shirts and they look pretty damn good



? - BreakmanX is interviewing CHAAAAAAAD tonight and wants your questions
C - Yeah you're in the wrong place for this
C - Ehh, this could've been funny



F - Yeah, I'm not letting this slide
F - Bad blog, simple as
F - Preview is your friend
F - Troll be trollin'

>NJ

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Current "Bloggers Wanted" assignment
Fake it until you make it

This month's bloggers wanted prompt is something we stole. You see, by stealing this idea, you have no idea how truly inept I actually am. By pretending to know what I'm doing, I have clearly used my ill-gotten status to meet such big-time celebrities as Darlington Woolie "Pie Stealer" Madden or Sara from [insert pixel indie game studio here].

This month's bloggers wanted was inspired by the internal enjoyment we had at reading TheBlondeBass' promoted blog on faking conversational anime knowledge. And now it seems as good a time as ever to pretend to know what's going on since the new Fate/Grand Order game launched and qtoid is talking about it. I am a big fan of the character design of Artoria in the blue dress, or Artoria in the suit, or Artoria in the red dress. But seriously, we enjoyed the format so much that we want to ask the community for their own ideas at faking it at all sorts of things.

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.

Good luck this month. Only true cowards rely on facts. Real heroes pretend to know what they're doing!



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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