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Cblogs of 10/30/13 and STRIDERSMS!

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Just a quick Pokemon update. I'm slowly but methodically building a proper team now. No more I-guess-these-Pokemon-are-strong-lets-dump-them-together teams. Like, I'm filling actual positions like lead, mega, staller, late sweeper, etc.



And you know what brought this on? I've lost to Charizard and his mega evolutions twice. A third loss from another mega evolution, Mega Mawile. All because my teams weren't prepared to play off each other's strengths and chisel into my enemy's weaknesses.

Here's something: Charizard evolves into Mega Charizard Y. He brings Drought in and his speed is pretty good. Without a proper check, he's just sweeping the team. This time around, when his ball starts rolling, I'll bring in Klefki after a sacrifice and cripple it with paralysis. Then Barbaracle comes in to Shell Smash and hope for the best. But really, I'm planning a Sticky Web team where a Galvantula lays it down on a suicide run and two to three Pokemon on my team run hopefully unopposed against slowed opponents like Bisharp or Mega Blastoise. Or maybe later I'll raise that Espeon with Magic Bounce to be an anti-lead: a Pokemon meant specifically to counter whatever leads come its way thanks to its ability to bounce whatever set ups it tosses back at it. You want Stealth Rocks so bad? Why not keep it over on your side?

No, the real story this week is the return of the blue defense attorney himself, Phoenix Wright in Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies. It's the sequel I've been hoping for. Apollo returns still fresh Ace Attorney 4, but Wright also returns as a more mature defense attorney ready to come back to a rapidly changing world of law. Plus, Athena Cykes is an appreciated nostalgic image for fans of Maya Fey.

The stories and characters seem more mature. Phoenix will still freak out out the surreal surprises but overall, he's completely adopted a persona as mentor to Apollo and Athena. Apollo is still fresh out of 4 and keeps that classic fish out of water character we're all used to. Athena on the other hand is like what would happen if Maya Feye was like her sister in being a defense attorney with an extra bit of uncontrollable outburst and energy. Detective Fullbright is a new take on the classic Gumshoe position. While Gumshoe was a lovable but bumbling fop, Fullbright dives headfirst into his work, proclaiming mantras of justice and righteousness all the way. Meanwhile, I loved Edgeworth and Godot a lot but feel Simon Blackquill is a worthy number 3 to the list of Ace Attorney prosecutors. Sorry Franchizka Von Karma. You're just violent.

The localization team made a miracle in having Simon Blackquill make sense in the west. America knows what a samurai is but not a ronin per se. Blackquill talks in an old fashion manner that a samurai would say but his dark demeanor and the fact that he's still in shackles as a convict give him a cool edge that makes him distinct like so many other prosecutors. Edgeworth is regal and dignified, Godot is smooth and noir-ish, and Blackquill sharp and dark.


Or he's a massive weeaboo.

I've only finished two cases so far and they were exhaustive. Even the first case, while lacking investigative phases, had two court sessions to push through. And they put an extra special touch on panning out on the criminals' freak out.

Keep in mind that Dual Destinies is digital only on the 3DS eShop. They need to know that we love Ace Attorney so be sure to download it if you have any inkling as an AA fan.


* - Decay winds you up tight and keeps you wound until you can't bear it anymore

* - Seymour FUNcan and his top 10 video games to ignore Halloween

* - Who do you think you are? VagrantHige?

* - Top 10 Spoopiest Pokemon


A - Tzara doesn't like many press outlets. I'm a communist.

A - What if Caffy told you the world within video games was(n't) real?

A - Years later, we come back to a game and realize we are better people for being patient. But seriously, Money waited a long time t finish Skies of Arcadia





S - Skiddie's got no money but mo problems with Xbox Live

D - AlphaDeus stirs up some interesting comments as he looks for scenes to inspire his music


N - Play Outlast. It's on GOG. Thanks Pedro!

R - Dupree experiences the two games of the Humbie Doongie Bundie 4: Spoopy Double Entendre

T - Jorgellie waxes Zelda on Link's Awakening








F - I appreciate the offer to expand my Friend Safari but I'll see you in the Pokemon thread


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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

-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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