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Cblogs of 10/3/09 and 10/4/09 + SilverDragonisms

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I have been playing a lot of games this past week. First of all, I started and beat Halo 3: ODST in essentially one sitting. It took me around 8-9 hours, but I went around and collected all 30 audio logs, which really extended the play time. Over all I think its an enjoyable game with a really unique story experience, but it doesn't do anything new that the Halo series hasn't done before. Because of this, I would score it some where between a 7 and an 8. Only serious Halo fans need apply.

I'm also pretty pissed that the Firefight mode doesn't have an online matchmaking option. I don't know about you, but I don't have many friends who plan on buying Halo 3: ODST, so I don't really have anyone to play it with. It would be nice if the game gave me the option to quickly find a group of people to play with. Epic included this option for Horde mode in Gears of War 2 and it works great. How could Bungie neglect to put this feature in the game. They really dropped the ball on this one in my opinion.

I also got a PSPgo this week, thanks to my incredibly awesome girlfriend, so I've been playing around with that a lot. So far I've purchased and played God of War: Chains of Olympus and Patapon 2. Both games absolutely rock. If anyone has any PSP games they would recommend I play, please let me know.

This week I'll be playing and reviewing Dead Space: Extraction. If you are interested you can look for my review soon up on Gamer Limit. Ok let's get to the recaps shall we.






*-Check out this awesome Earthbound Polymer Clay Art from Dtoid Artisan DigitalMushroom.

*-de BLOO is making a Dtoid themed customer SE FightStick. You gotta see this!

*-Mkshiranui writes a great response to Tubatic's Nothing is Sacred Monthly Musing on hit points and damage.

*-Check out this incredible Demon's Souls PS3 Theme that Ckarasu made for the community!

*-Evergreen writes a great blog explaining why he thinks video games are a much better medium for providing horror then films.



A-Monodi writes about the tropes in video games that help sell them for him.

A-Nicolas BertrandVerge discusses emotions and philosophy in this piece on Mass Effect.

S-Defiling the Wasteland - A Memoir, Part 2

M-Nothing is Sacred: Dual Wielding, or How Halo Invented the FPS.

M-Nothing is Sacred: Wholesale Walletrape

M-Nothing is Sacred: The Beatles: Rock Band, a creative shot in the foot

M-Nothing is Sacred: I'm afraid I can't let you do that.

M-Nothing is Sacred: Stereotype

M-Nothing is Sacred: The ol' Hack N' Slash

M-Nothing is Sacred: COuld you spare some Ch-ch-ch-changes?

M-Nothing is Sacred: Meaningless Enemies



W-Phalanxxx announces his contest winners

E-Nilcam updates us on the Week 3 rankings for the King of Dtoiders 2009 Tournament



E-Hamza is going to a Bioshock 2 event on Monday night, so if you have any questions for him to ask, leave them in the comment section here.

E-Scooby Movie Month: Velma is FREAKING HOT Edition.

E-PS3 Saturday Night Shooter: Warhawk



N-Pokemon Event: Shaymin

N-This month's Nintendo Power has an article on the new DSi game Shantae

$-Check out these awesome Pre-Order deals on Steam for Borderlands and L4D2.

$-Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is super cheap on Amazon.com this week!

V-Video of the first 6 minutes of Uncharted 2.

V-Is this video proof that Bioshock 2 is coming to the PS3?

T-Spyn Doctor lists some of the better Xbox Live Indie Games available now.

T-hbl shares his thoughts non the Forza 3 demo.

T-GWT explains why he thinks Mr. Chainington will be the best BlazBlue character ever!

T-Fleet3000 is mad because he won't be able to run Borderlands on his laptop.

T-S0LID B0SS wonders at what point do you say someone cheated at a game?

T-Nortonantivirus hates that there's no matchmaking in Halo 3: ODST's Firefight mode!

T-Jonathan Holmes shares his quick thoughts on Project Natal, Playstation, and Meta Gear Wii.

T-NihonTIger90 wonders which would be better on the Wii: Friend Codes or Monthly Fees?

T-I'm not sure I've ever seen someone as excited about a game as Tubatic is about Way of the Samurai 3.

M-Nothing is Scared: Zombies have feelings too



A-Check out this awesome Tales of Monkey Island Fan Art of Morgan LeFlay from Hoygeit



?-Mkshiranui's train of thought goes all over the place in this blog.



F-It took all weekend, but a Fail Blog finally came along to grace us all with it's horrible presence.


-(SilverDragon1979)

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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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