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Cblogs of 06/22/14 + 06/25/14 and Summer Sale Striderisms

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Boy oh boy, is my first Steam summer sale on a doozy. My badge shows all that Iím on my fifth year with Steam but this is my first serious year of PC gaming and man has my library fattened up. Note that I do not care about backlogs. Iíll play everything I own in due time when Iím interested. I view the Steam summer sale as something that a lot of people probably view it as: some sort of meta-game, a game that you play and donít own. In other words, the summer sale is a summer camp activity. Am I going to play Dino Horde? I seriously doubt it. But for a game to go from $20 to $2, how can I not put it on my Steam account? And thatís something random. The Summer Sale Adventure has repeatedly told us to keep our wishlist updated and not only is that a good idea in order to track all your favorite games and when they go on sale, the prize for the summer adventure is free games right off your wishlist. Nuclear Throne has been at the top of my wishlist for months and Iíve never seen it go on sale. To get that as a freebie would be amazing.



And the whole points and badge thing? I know not everyone on my friends list is necessarily eating that up. Me though, I love collecting me some trading cards and being rewarded for my OCD klepto tendencies is an enabling crime. I havenít touched the community market in months since I slipped out of my PC gaming groove but Iíve booted up games I havenít touched so that I can grab their cards. I am compelled to show my love of certain games by crafting badges out of their cards but for anything Iím less than interested in, Iíll happily nab their cards and hawk them off to the market so I can use their chump change to buy other trading cards to craft badges I care about. Like those last two foil badges for Mercenary Kings I need because I got one from a booster pack and bought two others to accompany it. Hope you like having somewhat trawling your inventory for interesting specimens cause Iím doing it all day for you.

I managed about 32 points yesterday when Pink was in 2nd place. There are conspiracies rampant about the contest getting rigged by any number of entities, from Steam itself for the purposes of earning more money from market percentages to a much more plausible mass craft wave being planned out on reddit. Considering there are people out there who will drop tons of money for the purposes of winning the Summer Adventure contest, Iím not holding out hope that Iíll top out someone else and get free games. But the feeling of contributing points to my team is certainly something nice. Plus Iím eyeballing my competition. Iím watching you OpiumHerz, and your 4 points contributed to green team. Those green swilling chumps ainít winning over team pink #TeamPINK.



I'm also thinking of breaching a touchy subject in a future cblog: Smash Brothers as a fighting game. It seems like no matter how much I love it and how much I respect its mechanics, I cannot consider it a fighting game in my mind. I like thinking about how spacing works in the game, talking about the edge game and recovery between characters, and everything in between when it comes to the subject of winning. But I can't bring myself to label it as a fighting game in the same domain as Street Fighter, Guilty Gear, or Virtua Fighter. In fact, it can be less a discussion of why I can't consider it a fighting game and more of a chance for me to put my thoughts on the matter down on paper. Could it be the lack of a straight health bar and the mechanics of ring outs? Could it be because Nintendo's never been fully supportive of having their game in a competitive environment?Could it be that small sect amongst the competitive Smash subculture that can be so divisive and vitriolic? I may never know until I at least try putting these thoughts and biases down on paper and open myself up to discussion. One which will inevitably draw kingsharkboi cause I know homie is all up in that culture.

* - Seymour hits all the right notes in his music selection

A - Especially in Last of Us, Sabo became disconnected from his on-screen character

A - Handy does an autopsy for his big E3 predictions list

A - CT is looking at the nitty-gritty for predicting the next Nintendo handheld

A - Don't worry about your backlog

A - Luke is feeling old and calls people marmite







T - This nerd is looking forward to the next Zelda







F - Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to spam


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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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