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Cblogs of 06/29/14, 06/30/14, 07/04/14 and 07/05/14 + bbainisms

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Hello friends! I'll be recapping four days this week. Why so many? Well, last Sunday and Monday were apparently missed, so I figured I'd cover them now since this weekend was incredibly slow for Cblogs anyway. Sorry about all the blogs that haven't been recapped recently, folks!



In other news, this weekend was the 4th of July! I mostly just worked during the holiday (lame), although I did go over to my sister's on Friday to eat some of their leftover cookout food. The only fireworks I saw were the random ones my neighbors decided to shoot off. I think this was the first year where I missed seeing a big fireworks display. Also, I found out that my cat is incredibly terrified of fireworks! It's kinda weird, because loud thunder doesn't bother her at all. I guess fireworks kinda sound like gunshots or something? I dunno.

As for gaming, I didn't play too much this week. I finished all the acts of Kentucky Route Zero that have been released so far, and I have to say that the end of Act III left a pretty bad taste in my mouth. The first two acts built up a very mysterious story, which seemed to be about ghosts and strange locations, and I was really digging the game up until the middle of Act III. Then they introduced Xanadu, a very meta game-within-a-game, which contained all of the characters you meet in KRZ as characters in this game. It took me entirely too long to figure out how to get through Xanadu, and I was getting irritated and hoping for the act to end soon. Then they did a flashback to an earlier scene, where they reveal some weird thing about skeletons running a delivery service under a church, and then a ferry with a woolly mammoth on it pulls up, and by then I'd just sort of lost all interest in the game. 

It was sort of the same reaction I had to watching Lost. The show started off very promising, with mysteries and storylines that you wanted to learn more about. But then they just kept piling on the mysteries. Mysteries upon mysteries. And none of my questions about these mysteries were being answered. So I stopped watching the show. That's basically where I feel Kentucky Route Zero is headed. The initial mysteries were interesting enough, but now the story is becoming way too convoluted. I'm not sure I'll continue playing the game once the rest of the acts are released. Maybe I'll just wait to hear if it's worth it or not.

Haven't played much else lately, other than Animal Crossing which I've still been busy with. Anyway, enjoy the 'caps, and hopefully we'll get back to a more regular recaps schedule soon enough!



* - Oscarno examines the music of the Animal Crossing games in his wonderful series on video game soundtracks!

* - Strider lists his top 10 space games, which leaves me hoping for more games about space exploration!

* - gajknight takes a moment to appreciate the music from Altered Beast, in all of its synth-y Genesis glory!

* - Captain of the Zanarkand Abes got back into the gaming spirit with these nine games!

* - Luna Sy bought Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death during the Steam Sale, and was surprised by how good it was!



A - SpielerDad discusses his guilty pleasure video games. What are some of yours?

A - After the success of Watch Dogs, Kenneth believes Ubisoft has won, despite all the hate they tend to receive.

A - ctg867 has predicted what the "next generation" of video gaming will become, as evidenced by the business models of Activision and EA.

A - kenshin tries to prove that MOBAs are incomparable to games like Chess or Go. He also uses the word "balsamic" as a non-food-related adjective, and I really want to know what that meant!

A - Derek Pietras knows what can make a cutscene interesting and what can make a cutscene ruin the flow of a game.



S - Brittany Vincent can paint with all the colors of the wind!

F - Friday Night Fights on Xbox + 4th of July cookouts!

F - Friday Night Fights on Playstation + Burgers! (Man, I really wish I had a burger right now...)



T - RainsOpacity really liked the ideas behind Among the Sleep, but felt the execution could have been better.

R - Dex01 reviews Tuffy the Corgi, although he might be a little biased!

$ - July 4th UK releases and bargains!



M - RushJet1 created the soundtrack for 1001 Spikes! I love the soundtrack for that game, it's fantastic!

A - thekazeblade lists the top 10 stories from the Sonic the Hedgehog comics.



L - Graytastic writes a humorous stream of consciousness while watching an install bar fill up. 99%... it's so close!

C - Getting better. Just try to flesh out your thoughts some more, Gamingnerd.



F - More like "Figuring out failure in blog design," am I right?



- 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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