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Cblogs of 1-12-09 and Qalamarisms

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I'm not sure why, but all sorts of drama appears to unfold on the weekend when I'm not paying attention. When I come to do the recap on Mondays, I find myself bemused and puzzled by forces I cannot possibly understand. It's not entirely unlike some of the college courses I've been taking. My judgement is somewhat colored by not having the best idea of what's going on, but I chose to promote a couple of blogs that are saying things that I agree with in almost any situation: can the drama, let's all try to get along with one another, and perhaps most importantly, STFUAJPG.

I hope you all appreciate these recaps. There's a beautiful woman in her pajamas watching Futurama without me in the other room. (Edit: I could not resist her charms, that is why the recap is so late. Forgiveness please, I am not made of stone.)




*-Harassment Panda returns from the wastelands to tell everyone to cut the drama crap and also cast aspersions on Necros' sexuality.
*- Jim Sterling... APOLOGIZES for something? This is indeed a red-letter day.
*- UglyPhil suggests several ways to get maximum enjoyment out of Left 4 Dead. Once the newness wears off I'll definitely be trying a few of these.


A- It's a bit late for a Monthly Musing, but A New Challenger has a great article about what he likes to destroy.
A- Nilcam muses about innovation in regards to control schemes.
S-Dtoid Community Discusses continues strong with a discussion about Achievements.
A-Craineum's kids are awfully cute, he shows what gaming gifts they've gotten recently.
M-DanLHaas' monthly musing tackles the Cyberathlete Amateur League.
A-Tubatic wrote a bit about playing defense versus offense. Worth reading IMO.
A-Droll wrote about how he thinks MGS4 should have ended. A very good write-up, but spoilers abound.
S-GamingGoddess continues her in-depth look at Parasite Eve.
M-Neveranything wrote about gaining acceptance for his Monthly Musing. I think this one might hit the front page soon.
S-dTunes slowly ramps up today.
S-As always, NihonTiger90 would like to know what'd you get?
A-SquirrelyG wrote a bit about the Legacy of Kain series. VAE VICTUS!



W- CWal37 won some stuff from Dtoid this year, and wants to say thanks.
C-Haxan's Street Fighter contest is OVER! He invites you to vote on the winners. (I assume that means you had to have participated.)


E- Dtoid New York will be at the New York Comic Con Feb 6-8.
E-Mistic is hosting a European NARP for his birthday... doesn't the birthday override the NAR part?
D- Kyousuke Nanbu is penitent. Welcome back to Destructoid. Don't suck. Again.
D- Cowzilla knows more about the drama than I do. WHAT IS A MAN?
S-Sargonas shows a handy tool for E-stalking your favorite game developer.
I-Whitedoll shows the last couple of girls how to make an introductory post. Welcome to Destructoid.
C-Brilliam catches everyone up on what he's been up to lately.


N-NihonTiger90 thinks the PSP may be fading away sooner rather than later.
V- Mega64 does a skit based on Feel the Magic XX/XY Bizarre.
N-Amazon had a Gold Box game day today.
R-GalagaBug reviews the Skate demo.
R-Taterchimp reviews GOW2.
R-BlindSide thinks Faith is stupid. No, not that Faith. The other one.
R-IronPikeman reviews SOCOM 1.30.
V- Covah shared a couple of Yakuza 3 videos. Looks painful.
D-Altered Beets shows off some work on his game: Edge of Reality.
R-Ran24 reviewed The Wonderful End of the World. It's a lot like Katamari Damacy, but more anglified.
D-Elem08 wrote a bit about his experience in game development, and gives some tips for those wishing to follow the same path.



F-BlindsideDork found something about Batman. Mxyzptlk wins the comments.
M- Hip hop mashup of some game music. Kinda meh.
M-Justice responds to the above with a song he likes better.
A-Togail made another sweet drawing. There are some seriously talented artists that post here.
M-Grafkhun tells you how to get the music from Geometry Wars.
A-A new Challenger made a Chozo ornament for Christmas.


V- BlindsideDork shows a video of some robot stepping stones. The future is near!
R- GAME Hashel van Hashel GOBLIN sure does love him some UnstoppableJuggernaught.
V-I don't know how this relates to anything. I wish I hadn't watched it.
C- The best way to deal with drama is not to call attention to it, in my experience.
?-It's not a flying car, it's a driveable plane. 200K would buy a lot of vidjamagames, though.
V-Mad TV just isn't very funny.
R-Michiyoyoshiku wants to bring back the ol' arcade.
L-JediYoshi shows a video for Animal Soccer World. My brain shut down about 2 minutes in.
L-Gynolectric Lembra brings some funny over from Collegevideos.


S-It's a great video, but it had already been on the front page.
F- I'm glad you like Crayon Physics, but for making me look at a midget hillbilly in a washtub, you fail.
F- I understand not wanting to trust the random game matcher, but this could really be handled elsewhere.
F-Crackdown's great and all, but this still isn't worth a blog.
F-The video looks interesting, and I'd like to know more about it. Please add a little more next time.
F-This failed so hard it started to win. Check it out!
F-Write a little about why you liked these games please, we've all seen the box art.


-(Qalamari)

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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

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-Aporia: Beyond The Valley (Multiple Keys)
-The Witness
-Citadel: Forged With Fire (Multiple Keys)
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