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Cblogs of 05/03/13 and bbainisms

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Hello friends! It's Friday again, so you know what that means. It's time for some more BOOB-- *cough* erm... ahem. Sorry about that. That one just kinda slipped out... Anyway, enough about those things, let's talk about something else for once, eh? Like, say, orcs maybe?



I finally got around to picking up one of last year's releases that I'd been very excited about: Of Orcs and Men! For some reason, I was under the impression that the game was a digital-only release, and I was wary about dropping $50 on a digital title. But then I found out the game did, in fact, have physical copies released! It's just that they were only released in PAL territories. So I ended up purchasing my very first imported game, which was cheaper than buying it digitally! 

I've only finished the first chapter of the game so far, but it's already fantastic! The combat was a little weird to me at first, and took a bit of getting used to, but now I'm really enjoying it. I like that the action slows down while you're selecting which moves to use next; it allows you to consider your options carefully, much like with turn-based combat, except it's not turn-based combat. I had hoped it would be more action-oriented combat (a la Dragon's Dogma), rather than selecting moves and watching them pan out, but it works well enough. 

You can tell that the game is rather low budget, with some dodgy animations and voice acting (the main characters are good, but some of the NPCs have very weird voices), but that's OK. Overall, the game is still pretty impressive. I haven't played enough of the game yet to really comment on the writing, but there have been some funny jokes and interesting plot twists already, so I have high hopes for the rest of the game. 


Of Orcs and Men: a Romance?

Of course, the main reason I like the game so much is because you get to play as an orc and goblin. I'm interested in almost any game with protagonists that are out of the ordinary, so getting to play as a race that's usually considered the enemy was intriguing to me. Even in World of Warcraft, I always liked to play as orcs for some reason. Not sure why, they just look really cool to me. Also, they're huge and badass, and I like playing as huge badasses (Heavy Weapons Guy, Bowser, Kind Dedede, etc). 

So yeah. Of Orcs and Men. It's a good one.



No topsauce today, because apparently us recappers hate everything. It's true.

A - While it is a heartwarming story about a father and son bonding, I kinda feel like video game violence had very little to do with anything here.

A - Ryne Sechrist contributes to the violence in video games debate.

P - It feels weird to recap the Cblog Recaps, but... new Fapcast! With Glowbear and stuff!

P - Stealth's podcast tackles the topic of sexuality in games. Oh boy.

E - Haven't heard of this contest, but here's a video of Orson Welles playing some game called No, Luca, No! Bizarre, hilarious stuff.

I - Say hello to TankFox!

S - Niero added a new Cblogs editing tool! Neato!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + Wonder Woman porn!

F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + Nextbox rumors!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + Eternal Darkness sequel?

V - Two robots review Mario & DK: Minis on the Move. Yup.

$ - May 3rd UK releases and bargains!

L - SuperCrow wrote a poem about boring, overused video game ideas!





F - Stealth wrote out a list of 3DS games for some reason.

F - Oh boy. Too much attention given to morons who should have just been ignored in the first place. Sorry, Kodu, but this rant seems like poor judgement.



- bbain

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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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