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Cblogs of 04/19/13 and bbainisms

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Well, PAX Prime ticket sales came and went with all of the suddenness of a flash flood, and unfortunately I did not manage to snag any badges this time. I still kinda want to make the trip to Seattle just to see everyone again, but plans are up in the air at this point. After all, plane tickets are a huge expense for someone living paycheck to paycheck, so I'd like to make sure it would be worth it. I might have to just wait and try again next year...

I didn't play too many games this week, but I did watch a lot of cartoons, since Cartoon Network recently made a deal with Netflix. I grew up watching shows like Dexter's Lab, the Powerpuff Girls, Courage the Cowardly Dog and Ed, Edd n Eddy, and now I can watch them all again whenever I want! I'm glad that they're all still rather entertaining.



The one cartoon that I've been enjoying the most, though, is Samurai Jack. For some reason, I never really cared for it growing up. It's typically very slow-paced, with minimal dialog, so maybe I just thought it was boring. As an adult, though, I'm really loving it! All of the show's influences, such as samurai films, ukiyo-e art, sci-fi films like Star Wars, etc. are all things that I enjoy today, so the show really resonates with me. Genndy Tartakovsky's art style is also quite lovely, and I feel like Samurai Jack is the best example of his work. I'm not sure if I've seen anything past season one, so I hope they add more seasons to Netflix later on. I really want to watch this show in it's entirety!



* - Panzadolphin was impressed by the unusual story and atmosphere of a strange PS2 title called Rule of Rose. I wish more games would take risks like this one did!

* - Shibboleth begins an interesting series on game mechanics, focusing on Portal and Ninja Gaiden for his first post. Some pictures would be nice to break up the intimidating paragraphs, but it's a great read nonetheless!

A - TheDustinThomas expresses his thoughts on violent video games. We don't need less violence, we need more supervision!

A - TheKodu wonders why more developers haven't tried releasing a bundle like Valve did with the Orange Box. It is kind of surprising, seeing as how the Orange Box was quite popular!

A - It's true; if Nintendo ever marketed mobile games, they would most likely sell like crazy! Nintendo probably won't try that anytime soon, though.

S - randombullseye played a bunch of games last month! And apparently his niece and nephew disliked Katamari... that makes me so sad :(





F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + A break from reality.

F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + Suddenly, Vita games!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + So many Luigis!

R - Shuuda gives us an overview of Driftmoon.

$ - April 19th UK releases and bargains!

A - A comic about Pandora's Tower and boners.

C - Superior Maximum almost gives us an introduction blog. Go and say hello to him, anyway!

C - Well, it's his first post, so I won't fail it, but... meh.

V - Part 14 of the Nintendo Power Retrospective.







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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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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

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