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Cblogs of 05/01/14 + Pink Gold Shade-isms

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I think the item on today's agenda should be the Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Direct.
...that was the weirdest fucking thing. It wasn't announced in advance, for one, and I'm not sure what it was like for those who watched the American version, but the EU one was filled with all sorts of skits and different segments all being done in different styles (like a news program and such). It was jarring to say the least, and I for one hope that Nintendo goes back to the straightforward Directs soon. I still have nightmares about those two Miis doing the Item section.


- Clearly he means to kill her, but that won't do much good because she's already dead inside.

The content was much better, with some nice announcements. I'm not too thrilled about Baby Rosalina or Pink Gold (is that even a thing?) Peach, but improved online functionality is always nice. Also, anti-Blue Shell items? OH FUCKING HELL YES.

And of course there's the free game deal! Destructoid reported that you in the US can choose one of four games to get with your early purchase of Mario Kart. To that I can only say "Sucks to be you!", because we Europeans get to choose from TEN games. Included among those are Zelda, Pikmin, Party U and Mario U, just like what you're getting, but also things like Sonic Lost World, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (!) and The Wonderful 101 (!!!). I think we can see who won this round.

To be honest I've never played much Mario Kart. I played some Double Dash at a friend's house, and a tiny amount of Mario Kart Wii, but not much else. In fact, I don't think I've ever actually owned a Mario Kart game. Nonetheless, I've enjoyed what little I played, so it looks like I'm going to be jumping on board with this one. The free game helps. Who knows, maybe we can get some Destructoid tournaments of the ground as a warm-up for Smash Bros later this year. Anti-gravity looks fun, ANTI-BLUE SHELL ITEMS and good old-fashioned mayhem should prove to be plenty to keep me active for a while.

So yeah, looking forward to it! And in the mean time maybe I'll try to get my hands on Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed. I've been meaning to buy that for ages now.

* - At one point or other we've all had this thought: "Man, that would be so awesome to have in real life." RedHeadPeak lists some of his favorites.

* - Another week, another OST Case Study. This week it's Fract OSC's turn, a game which was pretty much made for this blog series.

A - Expensive games may not always be worth the money, but cheap games get you to buy too many of them; the classic Catch-22.

A - This is pretty interesting: what would be a good name for the genre DotA and League of Legends belong to?

C - Zer0t0nin still has some games up for grabs, including the wonderful Thomas Was Alone, Dustforce, LIMBO and Cthulhu Saves the World. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!




- Well waddayaknow, turns out pink gold is a thing. And it comes in TIGER.

N - Terry 309 wants to draw attention to a game that's releasing soon: Raven's Cry, an open world pirate game made by the Two Worlds people.




- Nope, I'm still not over this.

V - A video about the games that are coming out this month: It's gonna be a good one!




- I was actually planning on talking about Child of Light and/or Alice today, but I don't have much time and Mario Kart happened. Hopefully next week.



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May you always find water and shade

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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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