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Cblogs of 1/15/10 + Shiranuisms

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It's happened again. Our usually punctual Friday recapper ran into yet more technology issues, necessitating this late recap. I'm honestly beginning to feel like the recaps team's unofficial rescue dog. That's three different people I've saved from certain oblivion, so shouldn't I have gained a level or something? Life isn't fair.

In other news, I played Okami for the first time in six months yesterday.

Yeah.

It was a very strange ten minutes. The game still handles perfectly well, and the characters, sounds, and atmosphere haven't changed one bit. But after months of working with Clover concept art and fan-based drawings, Okami looks completely different from how I remember it. Still beautiful and unique, but harsher and more contrasting than I thought it was. Is this how I viewed the game when I first took control of the newly reborn deity? Simply put, it raised a large number of questions I'll have to answer at some point.

While I spend my time searching for the meaning of all this, you're interested in last Friday. Well, fine. Here's what happened on that day. Obviously, we have the Friday Night Fights (where are the TF2 players, really?) as well as a significant amount of cultural stuff. The usual swarm of gaming news and general discussion showed up as well. While you read that, I'll just practice my digging skills for when someone else gets buried ... sigh ...


*-Bluemeep poignantly recounts the terrible sacrifice of his DS. A short but deeply moving blog that means far more than a working washing machine.
*-Aborto hosts the 360 FNF. Just hand over the sniper rifle and stop making snarky comments about how we ended up here, OK?
*-Moose appeals to the community to help Haiti by playing Halo. For once, you can really kill people and save their lives at the same time.
*-BulletMagnet launches one of his trademark walls of text. This man does more for gaming news than three editors put together.


S-Ygro makes another foray into Goodwill to locate relics of the Dreamcast era.


W-Niz turned rabbits into killing machines to win a front-page contest.


F-Y0j1mb0 hosts the PS3 FNF, along with Chinese food.
F-EuroFNF has nothing to say.
S-Roek talks about his guilt and recovery over the console he used to own.
I-Matrisking drops the usual introduction in favor of five games that BITE.


N-NihonTiger90 reports on more possibly disheartening statements from Nintendo of America.
N-AngelsDontBurn displays the latest AVP data.
N-Lucariotrainer13 spots yet more Mega Man appearing on the horizon.
N-Nekobun relates some Halo: Reach news and its differences from the older games.
V-MegaStryke displays the awesome TvC commercial.
T-Bigby keeps working the Star Trek MMO, including impressions on upgrades, currency, and difficult servers.
T-Nilcam describes an anime tie-in that shows surprising quality, especially for a basic flight sim.
T-LK4O4 talks of the self-reflective nature of Every Day the Same Dream.
T-DaedHead8 describes several demo impressions and his expectations for the full games.
$-Gemsi continues to bring good deals to the oppressed gamers of the UK.


A-Skulsan has a serious problem regarding Podtoid and several pencils.
A-Garganroo is new to GTA but seriously has the art skill to draw the court scenes.
M-Occams shows off a few songs for particularly cold days.
F-Genki-JAM located the trailer for the new Tekken film, causing arguments over fighting game minutia.
L-AJN256 writes a story, although what it's actually about I couldn't tell you.


C-This could use more commentary from the writer.


OUTSTANDING.



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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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