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Cblogs of 12/05/12 with a free Striderism in the box!

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It's funny. I didn't think much of Call of Duty Elite when it first launched alongside Modern Warfare 3. But I've managed to learn one thing: the kill/death ratio I've had with each gun. It pretty much confirms that my best gun in Blops 2 is the FAL but anytime I'm looking to try something new and see how I fair with it, I refer to my k/d with the gun through Elite's stat tracking. For example, I've been trying out the Chiqom CQB. It's a burst fire SMG that seems appealing. However, my k/d is horrible with it. I fair better with the MSMC and through league play, I've had a lot of success with the Skorpion EVO.

It's the little details like that which are helping me improve in a game I typically have so much trouble being consistent with.

Zombies is pretty much more of the same. I finally managed to Pack-a-Punch a gun in the Tranzit mode, which if you don't know, is pretty damn annoying to do. I even managed to stow that gun away in the storage fridge for later use, along with a ton of points in the bank. But all in all, zombies mode either didn't improve or added on a lot of unnecessary additions. You can still kite zombies in most modes and it's even easier on the survival maps. Tranzit added the most changes but the reliance on the bus for safe travel to important spots such as the power switch or where Juggernog is makes games drag out for long stretches. The most annoying thing are cracks of exposed lava which damage you slightly over time. It forces you to jump constantly if you want to continue running, but most of all, it acts as a deterrent to crossing across certain stretches and makes the bus a necessity to go from some areas to others. For example, you can run through the fog from the bus stop to the diner just fine if you don't mind the fog monsters. But going from the diner to the farm is nearly impossible because of a stretch of lava fields. The whole experience feels like a lot of padded time with very little deviation to classic zombies experience. Granted, we're talking about CoD, and change isn't in CoD's formula but Blops 2's multiplayer included the Pick 10 system and it's pretty cool.



I've been stressing out about this Christmas season. I've submitted my day off requests for the weeks of Christmas and despite a good track record of getting requests approved, I still worry. This is mostly because I'll be splitting time between my older sister visiting and my girlfriend also visiting. It's nearly tradition that my sister visits and we shop last minute for the family and watch the season's movies in theaters in each other's company. But December also means me and my girlfriend's anniversary and this year will be our fifth year together, so of course the special times will be rolling in. A week with my sister with three days of my girlfriend overlapped. I'll be busy this season certainly but hopefully it will balance out in the end.

The end of the year also means another year gone by without a proper career to make my own and the chance to be my own man as well. But this year has also allowed me to explore the breadth of my creativity and what I can have on display as a professional. I've blogged quite a bit and recapping means I have a continual outlet to write, even if I'm not in the mood to craft something with a bit more pizzaz. Most importantly, starting the Cblog Fapcast has been something that makes me feel as if I really have something to contribute to a professional media outlet and be hired, especially since I got it on iTunes (thanks again ScottyG! I won't forget how it wouldn't have been possible without your generous web space!).

With the end of the year fast approaching, I can't help but feel optimistic about next year. I've been working at Disneyland for nearly 8 months now, I've kept a podcast running for about 2 months, and still have much to be thankful for like continued good health and my girlfriend, not to mention a mess of games that rocked the year. Here's to another year Dtoid!

Also, there's a new blogger's wanted topic up, so you might wanna get on that. Of course, a new one goes up and there's a slew of responses. FFFFFFUUUUUUUUU-

* - Panzadolphin took the master class in horror game design and philosophy and shares his takes on how a horror game is

* - Let me tell you about Touhou.

* - The low points of Brandon's life, as reflected by Catherine

* - Well, I'm glad somebody else is mad bro, besides me when it comes to all the sensitivity in racism and sexism debates

M - MWNN admits that a fighter brought out the feels for him in 2012. Granted, it was Persona 4 Arena and if you give it a chance, it has a lot of feels

M - Ross played and enjoyed Walking Dead for 2012. Zounds! Spoilers!

M - Andy Lonn gives us context to how he returned to an old friend

M - Amna discovered the joys of Fez and it largely defined his choice for 2012

S - Carter's Quest 2012: The Mega Mannening

A - Is this the year the VGA's will actually not be despised? Nathsies thinks so. Maybe.

M - Seymour elects Handsome Jack as the shining beacon to what made 2012 memorable





I - Shizzleboi is English, likes Gengar, but has an irrational love for Tropius

S - I'd like to imagine your dog wanted to say words of encouragement too, L3ED.

R - Submitted for your approval, by SegaStarDust, Sonic 3D Blast

T - Zenonia 4 is about taking the high road because fuck you're commoner problems! I'm important! Thanks for bringing it up Kwamouflage.

A - Mr. Gobbldigook has rubbed his face over most of the copies of The Legend of Luther Strode and I'm ok with that. I'm still interested! I also get no confirmation what Avengers is about. The thing that kept me out of comics before is understanding arcs and history. So where does Marvel NOW's Avengers fit compared to Uncanny Avengers?

S - Elsa is on Reddit, which is apparently the front page of the internet. I used Digg back then though, so...










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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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