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Cblogs of 11/01/13 and bbainisms

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So, a few weeks ago I said I wouldn't be buying Pokemon X or Y. But then I watched a friend playing the game and couldn't get over how beautiful it looked, and so a few days ago I caved and bought Pokemon X. The biggest draw for me was the 3D models for Pokemon in battle. It might not seem like a big deal, but seeing my favorite Pokemon moving around in beautiful polygons on the battlefield really makes me happy. The game plays pretty much the same as every other Pokemon game, so the only thing that really feels different to me is the graphics, but it's such a major improvement that I think the purchase was worth it. 



Right now my team consists of Ninjask, Zangoose, Malamar, Crustle, Hawlucha, and Cubone, although I'll also rotate in Pangoro, Octillery, or Weepinbell on occasion. I don't know why, but whenever I play Pokemon games, I never end up using the starter Pokemon or any of the legendaries. Even though they tend to be the most powerful, I just don't really like any of them. I always just stick with my favorites. 

Cubone will always be in my party, no matter what. Same with Zangoose, he's definitely my favorite post-Generation 1 Pokemon. I've always been intrigued by Shedinja, and I'll usually put him on my team for a little while once I get him, but I've never come up with a good strategy for using him. He only has 1hp, and it seems like everything I fight somehow knows a move he's weak against. This time, I decided to use Ninjask instead of Shedinja, and Ninjask is really starting to grow on me. 



As for the new generation Pokemon, Hawlucha, Malamar and Pancham are really the only ones that I like (and Crustle... I didn't play Black/White so he's new to me!). I don't know why I'm not too crazy for many of the newer Pokemon designs, but every once in a while they come up with a new one that I really like. At least it makes it easier to decide on a team of six!





* - MeanderBot shares some saucy pics of the Destructoid crew at PAX Prime 2013!

* - EdgyDude is excited about video games!

* - AlphaDeus is working on a new album! Share some suggestions for song ideas!

* - BeatBeat Comics!



A - Sparkster is happy to see some humor in the Sonic series.

A - DapperMouse is thankful for the enhanced technology of the 7th generation of consoles.

P - Go For Rainbow special episode!



W - ShadeOfLight won Wrenchfarm's Halloween Steam Giveaway!

C - ShadeOfLight is now hosting his own Steam Giveaway!



I - Say hello to Dris1983! He's got some thoughts about God Eater and XCOM.

E - manasteel88 wants to thank everyone who donated to Extra Life!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PC + Disneyland!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + A drunken blur!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + ButtButt!



D - An update on DecadeDesign's upcoming game.

$ - November 1st UK releases and bargains!



F - Johnel reviews episode 11 of RWBY.



V - Metal Sluggin'.

V - yourbelovedpariah made a pilot episode for a YouTube series about games. Let him know what you think!



F - This seems to be in bad taste... someone was killed at an airport, but you're more upset because you've been inconvenienced by your plans being disrupted?



- bbain

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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.

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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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