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Cblogs of 06/13/13 + Feel the burn-isms

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A lot of what I was going to say here I’ve already covered in my own blog from last Wednesday, so go read that for bonus Shadeisms. Because I actually blog sometimes! Once the planets align and the blood moon rises, I just get the sudden urge to write down words and fling them to the Internet for all to see. It’s a novel concept, I know.

It has never been a secret that I’m a Nintendo gamer, so they were definitely my focus this E3, as they are every year. Nintendo Direct showed us a lot of cool games. While I don’t think they’re all the most original of titles, I can’t help but acknowledge that they look like tons of fun. Super Mario 3D World has cats in it, for one, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has Viking penguins (<-fun factoid, Word just auto-corrected “Viking” to capitalize it. That made me smile). The more I see from them the more I get excited. They’re still not the games I really wanted to see, but it’s hard to stay mad at Viking penguins.

My favorite games on show, however, were X (untitled Monolith Soft project) and Super Smash Bros. X because it’s Monolith Soft and that right there is enough to get me hyping all over my best pair of pants, and Smash bros…well, because it’s Smash Bros!


- “Did somebody say Smash Bros.?!”

I love what they showed of it, and I love the new characters. Mega Man, of course, is awesome in the same way that Sonic and Snake were in Brawl. In addition, there’s some amazing attention to detail in the little guy, up to and including a custom death animation. The Animal Crossing Villager is very cool too. He was way overdue for being included (there was an Animal Crossing level in Brawl, for god’s sake), so it’s nice to see him join the team. I’m very interested in seeing how he’ll play, but already I’ve seen some fun moves, like cutting down a tree or dropping a bowling ball on people.

My favorite, however, is the Wii Fit Trainer.
She’s just so silly and cool and sweet and brilliant and I love it. Just the fact that some guy at Nintendo suggested that she should be in Smash Bros. and they rolled with it is awesome to me. Of course, it’s still much too early to say whether or not she’ll actually be a good fighter. We’ve only seen a couple of her moves, which seem fairly standard gameplay-wise apart from being yoga moves. Regardless, I’m totally going to give her a shot once the game comes out next year. Who knows, maybe she’ll be really good! In all likelihood though I’ll stick to my main guy and gal, Luigi and Zero Suit Samus. Yes, Luigi. He’s got a killer air-game (Better recognize, fools!), and I do emphasize “killer”. Zero Suit Samus I like because she’s quick and nimble without becoming uncontrollable like a certain hedgehog I could mention. She’s just fast enough to pull off some nasty combos, especially once you pair it up with her stun gun and whip, but she controls like a charm. Hopefully the Wii Fit Trainer is a viable enough fighter that she can be added to my team or, barring that, is fun enough to play as that it doesn’t matter. I have little doubt at least the latter will be true.

I also feel the need to point out that I’m impressed with the response she’s gotten. When she was just announced it seemed like a lot of people weren’t down with it, but that seems to have changed over the past few days. There’s already tons of memes flying around, only rivaled by the Villager. It looks like people are already starting to get on board and I’m incredibly glad for that. It’s sending Nintendo the right message: that as long as they make it awesome, we’ll happily take every weird thing they’ll throw and us and we’ll run with it.

Fuck, I’m so hype for Smash Bros. now. Looking forward to beating up all your asses. ALL OF THEM. WITH YOGA.


- Wii Fit Trainer demonstrates.

* - Why do fans of the Blue Bomber still care while Capcom clearly doesn't? JoyfulSanity tells you why, and gives a very interesting interpretation of the storyline to boot!

* - Silent Hill is one of those series that you just have to feel sad for. The Defenestrator chronicles the series decent from Silent Hill 2 to Downpour, and has thoughts for how to fix it.

A - How are an old cult movie studio and the modern game industry alike? Voodoome tells you how!

A - Like all the ones before, Microsoft is falling victim to the curse of 3. Except not so much "falling victim" as "deliberately performing voodoo dances and praying to pagan gods to please curse them already".

M - AnjuL's first love was his trusty NES.

A - iOS devices may be popular now, but that definitely doesn't mean there's no place for handhelds and consoles anymore.





C - A silly picture of Jonathan Holmes raises a pressing question....What is in Holmes' mouth?

D - BBats sent Swishiee a couple of kick-ass Power Rangers toys! Not to mention an incredibly helpful bungee cord.

N - Not sure what "YRP" means, but Lightning Returns may be paying tribute to it, via dress-spheres-in-everything-but-name.

T - There were a couple of rumors surrounding Dark Souls 2 that were worrying Rimmon, but it sounds like the E3 trailer has eased his pains.





C - Just because Sony is not Microsoft doesn't mean it should be our big hero now.

C - If you like The Last of Us so much, surely you can think of more to say about it?

C - Broke a knee while playing Halo? Jumped out of the window after losing in Mario Kart? Accidentally smacked yourself in the face with a Wiimote? What are your gaming injuries?

F - Thanks Nanbu; I'll take it from here. Failblog is fail.

F - I understand very little of this besides that it has to do with Total War: Shogun 2.

F - You called your own video dumb from the get-go, didn't provide any info on it, and didn't even embed it properly. There's no way in hell I'm still watching it.



   

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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.

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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.

Rules

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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.

Available Keys

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