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Cblogs of 11/16/12 and bbainisms

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Hello friends! Has everyone been having fun playing the new Halos and/or Calls of Duty? I've been avoiding those games, since first-person shooters don't really do anything for me (unless they're filled with humor and a cartoony style, a la TF2 or Borderlands).

Instead, I've been playing quite the opposite; I picked up The Unfinished Swan, which is a first-person paint-thrower. It was a lovely game with an interesting premise, but I felt like they could have explored the possibilities of the paint-throwing mechanic a bit more. You really only use it in the first chapter, and from then on you use a water balloon-type thing, which creates a splat that disappears after a bit. It was kinda cool using the water to grow vines, which helped give shape to some of the blank areas, but it wasn't quite the same.



The first chapter was the most jarring and different from anything else I've played before, wandering around in a completely blank setting, trying to figure out where I was, what was around me, and where I needed to go. It took me out of my comfort zone, and I kinda liked that. The rest of the game felt more like a typical first-person puzzle game, and I was back to playing something that I was familiar with. It was a cute game, and I enjoyed playing it, but I wish they had done more with their initial idea.

Anyway, speaking of unfinished things, I should really finish up these recaps already. There were lots of reviews and lists of things today, but there was still a lot of great writing and passion to be found! Enjoy!

* - Panzadolphin56 thinks hard about realism vs. fantasy in video games. Which can be used to create a more compelling story?

* - Secret Moon Base episode 26! Featuring SuperMonk4Ever, the man with strong, rough hands and an infectious laugh. Huehuehue!

* - Conor Elsea would like to thank the Dtoid community for giving him company and places to sleep during his cross-country journey with Mr. Gobbldigook. The awesomeness of our community never fails to amaze me!

A - A personal retrospective of Harvest Moon; AKA: Revenile's lifelong quest to play every Harvest Moon game!

A - TroyFullbuster lists some of the most difficult levels he's played in video games. It seems he forgot to list EVERY ICE LEVEL EVER.

A - Jonathan Holmes has been working on a list of his 100 favorite Wii exclusives! It's an impressive list as it stands, but I'd say he has his work cut out for him if he plans to do a write-up of each one.





I - Say hello to SillyReaper! She was named after a Power Ranger!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PC + Final Fantasy MMOs!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + Capcom hate!

F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + Game Grumps!

F - Friday Night Fights on the 3DS + Changes?

R - Review of Dead or Alive 5. Could probably use more boobs and punctuation, but it was Tyler Sedrick's first blog, so we'll let it slide this time.

R - levelseeker reviews Assassin's Creed III: Liberation for the PlayStation Vita.

R - Earthfield gives us a very thorough review of Splatterhouse.

R - A review of Skyrim by newcomer John Simone.

R - Another review by John Simone, this time it's a review of Saints Row: The Third.

$ - November 16th UK releases and bargains!




Also, unfinished cocks!

R - burningsoup plans to camp out and try to claim a Wii U without a pre-order. Anyone else in the same boat?

C - Capm Trevo lists his backlog.

C - Konnery follows the trend and lists his backlog as well.



No fails today! Woo!



- bbain

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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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