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Cblogs of 06/29/13 + Jinxisms

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Was a stressful week on Destructoid, at least it felt that way to me. Lots of debating about games, gender, journalistic integrity, etc. Not that those things aren't important, but sometimes I think we all need to spend more time playing games and a little less arguing about them!

Still, I've found time for some fun. Poker Night 2 was on sale, so I picked it up. I suck at Poker, but I wanted it mostly for the lol's since I love all the characters in it. Would love to see Moxxi as a player in the next one. Oh, the innuendos.

And there's no real evidence for it, but I like to pretend your silent character is Gordon Freeman. Hey, it's possible!



A lot of people are discussing which console they're going to get this November, and whether it even matters. I'm having similar thoughts. Just not about consoles...



The 760 is getting rave reviews everywhere, I guess for $260 it's a pretty smashing card. I'm going to hold out for a 3GB version, though, and maybe a drop to $200ish. My HD6870 still kicks enough ass that I can bide my time...

Oh oh oh oh... in case you missed the news, the new Mortal Kombat Komplete is finally coming out on PC Tuesday. It's only $30 and you can snag an extra 25% off on GMG with the voucher "GMG25-BAWQB-8UQWG". I barely play fighting games, but for like $23 I couldn't say no. Hence the backlog from hell. Or heaven. First world gamer problems, eh?

Okay, enough of my -ismz. May I present your lovely Saturday recaps, which include some tasty sauce and good reviews.



* - Pixielated's shares a sauce-worthy gaming story about the joy of the Gaming Multiverse.
* - The Last of Us & Storytelling in Games - Mlsa delivers a smart analysis of how storytelling works in games, using The Last of Us as an example.



A - Worldbuilding & Morrowind - Shuuda discusses worldbuilding in videogames, using Morrowind as a great example.
P - Scary Granules Episode 14 - SG and crew talk about Rezzed, a newer gaming convention.





E - Weekend Warriors -  Smurfee invites everyone to share what they're playing this weekend so they can get together with others. (um yeah recap not too timely heh)



T - Console Gaming - Sidd4friends contemplates the future of console gaming in light of competition from other platforms
T - The Last of Us - Mlsa asks whether games really need to be "fun"
R - Disgaea 2 - Troy gives us a review of the PSP version of this classic RPG.
R - The Last of Us - Mlsa has been busy today, eh? Good review of The Last of Us.
R - Company of Heroes 2 - GreaterThanGaming didn't like COH2 so much. Very detailed review, with good reasons for the criticism.
T - YouTube & Games - Spyonan asks why so many game commentators on YouTube have trouble succeeding..
T - Next Gen - Spieler Dad says next-gen will be great no matter what console you choose, so stop it with the fanboyism!





C - PS1 games: Bleem > PS3? - PopetheRev ponders why PS1 games look better on the Bleem emulator than on the PS3.
C - Ellie vs Ellen - Issaac tries to debunk the idea that The Last of Us' Ellie is based on Ellen Page, with mixed results.


I can't remember where I saw this (lol my bad if it was here - double fail!), but it certainly counts as fail. Hmmm, I wonder if this is what happened to Phil...



Anyway, screw stress and anything that isn't fun. I'm going to chill out and play some FEZ, and nobody's gonna stop me!





-Jinx

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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.

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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