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Cblogs of 04/28/2010 + Sykisms

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This week in this space I'll be talking about Monster Hunter Tri, Split/Second and a pair of indie games but first I want to give a list of things I miss when they're not around. My canadian friends, DtoidUK, fried shrimp and now Anthony Burch. I liked Anthony from the second I first heard a Rev Rant back in the RetroforceGO days, and my respect was only solidified when I sent him an email about one particular rant (I think it was about gay stereotypes in videogames) and he delivered an extremely bad taste response which was quickly apolgised for once he remembered the rant I was referring to. I wish beyond wishes that I could make it to the wedding (see first Topsauce post) but unfortunately I'll have to make do with getting drunk at home. Still booking it off work though.

So first let's look at the indie games I want to talk about, both from the Indie Games channel on the Xbox 360. Firstly there's NLL Lacrosse 2010. Following the excellent College Lacrosse 2010 I had high hopes for this officially licenced version. Hoo boy what a disappointment. Shooting is slow and unweildy compared to the lightning quick snaps of CL2010 and passing feels unresponsive and sticky as well. Try the demo, but if you don't like it try CL2010 (also soccer game Fitba by the same dev) as well before writing off the series. Secondly there's Ace Gals Tennis, something I just downloaded because I'll try any tennis game that wants my attention. Surprisingly it's really good, control is simply aiming and timing shots with the computer moving your avatar around the court (think Wii Tennis but without the danger) but that works, allowing for more thought to be put into shots. It's also really well presented with colourful menus and pretty good artwork. I recommend it for 80 points.

Now Split/Second, I've been cautious about this because I'm unsure how the game will hold up to repeated play after the Eurogamer Expo demo I played pretty much ran the same race every time. The AI has clearly gotten a lot better since then as powerplays launch left right and center meaning the route changes aren't guaranteed to happen every race. I've completed races now where no-one changes the route and that gives me a lot more confidence in the game. It doesn't hurt that the pure arcade car handling brings back memories of the glory days of Burnout (Burnout 3 to Burnout Dominator if you're wondering) which makes things a metric shitton of fun. It's going to be hard to decide between this and Blur now.

Finally Monster Hunter Tri and I'll keep this brief. If you haven't played a Monster Hunter game yet, this is where to start. It's a lot easier to get to grips with than previous games and stupidly addictive. It's also damn good looking.



* - You are cordially invited to witness the marriage of Anthony Burch and Ashley Davis

* - Congratulations and farewells to Anthony will go in Topsauce like yesterday, here's Opa-Opa's
* - Manic Maverick talks of milestones, also how we get depressed when people leave Dtoid
* - Awesome drawings by Gobun on the subject of Anthony
* - Om Nom thanks his hero
* - Chris Smith presents Anthony with Kirby
* - UglyDuck says goodbye

* - A non-Anthony Topsauce for this fine satire post
* - This is one of the best blogs I've ever read



A - Gunsage's worst Square Enix games list is negated by Crystal Chronicles' presence
A - Innovation is rubbish
M - Prince of Persia
M - Aliens vs Predator 2010
M - Brenda's Choice
S - Xandaca's great game design series continues with the ancient 3D Monster Man
S - Aniwednesday is thankful
S - AlphaDeus' piano journal
P - Banana Addicts 8 goes through the rise of Banana Team
P - Pure random for RDS 10



W - Kauza is a winner!



I - Welcome Jessbah, popping her cherry
I - Seahorse's intro blog is awesome
S - JohnnyMike's experience of NFL Blitz
S - HoodedMiracle is going without games, he's bored
S - Nic's experience with the Tales series. Symphonia > All



N - Infinity Ward launch a huge lawsuit
R - RetroSoldier reviewing Pokemon
T - Rice Cracker just got a PS3
T - The video in this Split/Second post is just as entertaining as the real game
T - Boatz got his shit back, here are his thoughts of Mass Effect 2



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L - Not a great blog, but pretty funny
C - Take this to the forums



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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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