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First of all, if you're wondering what happened to this week's Fapcast, I'm wondering that too.

Actually, Disney didn't deal me a good hand in terms of shifts last week, so I'd be crunched for time to record like the rest of the recappers. Not only that, my mom checked into the ER due to throbbing headaches and, get ready for this, blindness.

So how does someone go from being perfectly healthy one day then fucking blind the next day? Turns out it's glaucoma. Which is funny because as soon as I went to go see her after work, everyone was batting around the syptoms without actually saying what the condition was until the doctor gave me a sheet that said with big bold letters: GLAUCOMA. So my mom's taken the last week off due her eye pressure not being relieved of the fluid that normally drains out of our eyes normally. She has to take at least four different eye drops prescribed to her to keep her eye pressure normalized. A normal baseline for eye pressure is between 10 to 20. 35 is pushing it and she was at 38. Funny thing is though, when we went in for her check up, the nurse commented on her strangely aggressive prescription. And sure enough, when her eye pressure was checked three days after taking four eye drops every two hours , her psi checked out to be around six.

Granted, six is better than 38. If you let the condition run rampant for a long period of time without treatment or even eye drops, you could go blind, though of course glaucoma specifically can mean losing a portion of your sight. All in all, my past weekend has been hectic as I'd been struggling to keep my shit in order to even have time to turn on my damn Xbox to play something.



Luckily, I did find time, especially after renting Dishonored. A lot of outlets are right too. It's a damn fine game that rewards experimentation of gameplay and replays of open ended situations. But that's after a rough hour or two or rather tiresome first-person stealth. Dishonored has a problem with how your body is interpreted within the 3D world in terms of stealth. Leaning is a nice tool to emphasize your positioning, but there are other confusing factors that aren't clearly laid out like lighting and distance. Shadows grant you a bonus to stealth but how much exactly? And how far can enemies spot you, especially with differing factors like lighting and position? This is what makes the first hour or two of Dishonored such a drag. You have to figure out factors like this if you play a stealth build. And really, why would you want to go loud with abilities like Blink and Dark Vision? But you don't even have access to Blink until after the first area!

But once you're touched by the Outside and gain Blink, the world totally opens up, even with just Blink. Although I wanted to get through the game with just Blink, Dark Vision, upgraded passives, and really strong arms to choke a ton of guards with, really impractical stuff like Bend Time and Wind Blast are fun to use in tandem with other situations like say, predicting when two guards will converge on a patrol, bending time for extra time to set up, blinking towards their convergence, then laying down a careful Razor Wire trap to watch them both dissolve to nothing as my Shadow Kill passive kicks in. How about rewiring a Wall of Light, then Wind Blasting wind blasting a poor sap into it. Then watching as the now alerted fools walk right to their deaths.

Man, thanks redbox, for giving me easy acccess to such a good game. Oh hey! Farcry 3 is available huh? Wonder how that'll turn ou-


OH COM'ON. THAT'S NOT EVEN A WHOLE PAPER.

So yeah. I barely had time to record the Fapcast. Luckily, I guest starred on this coming episode of Communitoid. And I don't even need to worry about editing jacksquat! Hopefully, the Fapcast will be back next week and maybe we'll make it an extra long one to make up for the lost week.

Also, I got a 3DS. Gimme your goddamn stupid friend codes, cause I need them friends! Still don't have any good 3DS games to actually play on it. But since I work at Disneyland, I'm actually excited to go to work for once. Because I should be guaranteed tons of streetpass hits! Rolling in the Streetpasses!

* - That realization when you're THAT Steam shopper. Yes, THAT Steam shopper who only shops and hardly games.

* - Mechanical identity? I like that term. Firelordzero is so eloquent in analyzing FFVI's brilliance

A - Tav is bitter more series aren't getting 25 year anniversary celebrations. Well, what's the big deal about the number 25 then?





F - Btw, SFIV is free to PS+ users. But it's FUCKING. 18. GIGS.

I - Brownie Winkledyer wants to cheat and post his introduction now rather than before. Before when our comments were still shitty.

N - GTAV is an inevitability to PCs according to dozygamer

T - Isaac questions the sexual motivations of Hitman Absolution

T - You should really give the newer generations of Pokemon a try Turpinator. You haven't lived until you've swept a team with Excadrill in a sandstorm

N - Lord of the Rings Online update 9 is coming like a hobbit outta hell and ctate is here to catch us up

R - Darkerman adds to your woe of not playing Hitman Absolution. Why haven't you?





V - Chalk up Randombullseye to the Max Scoville challenge






~ StriderHoang


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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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