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Cblogs of 03/22/13 and bbainisms

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I've finally been playing the new Tomb Raider for the past few days, and really enjoying it! I'd been really excited about it since I first heard about its premise, and I was sad that it got so much negative publicity prior to its release, but it seems like everything turned out all right in the end. So that's good! Having been a fan of the series since the first game, I have to say that this new version of Lara really is the best yet! She's a character that I can really sympathize with (for the most part) and I feel like I can really get a sense of what she's going through emotionally on her adventure. I like her new voice actor a lot too (I still don't understand where the people are coming from who think her expressions of pain sound sexual, but whatever). The game is also absolutely gorgeous; I can't help but explore every inch of the island, enamored by the beauty of it all. Exploring the optional tombs and discovering relics is my favorite part of the gameplay by far, and I'm glad that the jumping mechanics that the series has always relied on seem to have been polished to perfection.


A deeper, more thoughtful Lara Croft.

It's not without its flaws, though, of course. The reliance on QTEs for action sequences are a nuisance. Just give me a cutscene, I don't mind watching cutscenes! I do mind having to rewatch action sequences over and over again because I failed to press one button within the half-second time limit you're giving me! I don't have to feel like I'm actively participating in every little part of the game, especially when QTEs are quite the opposite of an immersive gameplay mechanic. Maybe they work in some games like Asura's Wrath, but for the most part, I really just wish QTEs would disappear from gaming entirely.

I'm also slightly put off by the amount of human enemies that Lara must kill in order to progress through the game. Previous Tomb Raider games have primarily focused on Lara fighting off wild animals, with occasional human enemies as bosses. She's not really known for going on massive killing sprees against her fellow man. I get that she's protecting herself from the hostile inhabitants of the island, but it still seems to clash with the personality that they're trying to build for her. To me, it feels like they were just trying to attract a wider audience by taking cues from the popular shooter genre, even though it conflicts with the characters in their game. I probably wouldn't have minded if they had made it optional, where you could instead sneak around enemies and still progress, but that's not really the case here. It's still a thoroughly enjoyable game, but the QTEs and mindless violence will unfortunately hold it back from being a favorite of mine.

That being said, I'm ready to get back into the game and explore some more tombs, so let's go ahead and get these 'caps finished up already!

* - A fantastic conclusion to Azudarko's series on why the representation of LGBT characters in video games matters to him (and many others)!

* - Farmer Elsa has been spending some quality time with Dark Souls lately, reaping all those sweet souls!

* - Jinx 01 highlights some awesome indie games which are currently on sale during the Steam Indie Spring Sale!




Ahh, the tombs! This is what it's all about!

F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + Gears of Dredd!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + YOLO!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + Duck Hunting!

T - TheToiletDuck thought Thomas Was Alone was a delightful game, much like a Pixar movie!

T - Pixielated just purchased all of the Persona games for her Vita!

T - Ryne Sechrist highly recommends Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate!

N - It sounds like some security problems have been detected with Origin, EA's digital distribution service.

R - voex reviews the PS3 version of Dishonered.

D - Twisted Jenius discusses the enemy designs for their upcoming game.

$ - March 22nd UK releases and bargains!

F - A new trailer was released for a neat looking anime, RWBY, which looks like it would make a cool video game.

R - Bibbly tries to decipher his own 4am rant blog from yesterday. Something about dicks and cake.




Quick, Lara! Waggle the left stick or you'll die! Again!



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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!

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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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