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Cblogs of 12/19/13 + Shadeisms

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Sorry for the lateness of today's caps, but I was out this morning taking a test for English as a Foreign Language. Because apparently writing a Bachelor's thesis in English, following English language classes for years and recapping English blogs every week is still not enough to convince some bureaucrats that your English proficiency is sufficient.

But anyway, no need for being a grumpypants about the whole thing. At least not any more than I've already done. The test is done, it went well although randomly blurting out English phrases in a room full of other people also blurting out English phrases is kind of awkward, so I've got a couple of days to spare. I still want to finish one paper before Christmas, and after Christmas I've got another exam to study for, but all in all there's light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully in a few weeks I'll finally have time for video games again, not to mention these -isms. It's been too long. Much too long.

In the mean time, I'm finishing up a blog I teased last week (look for it tonight!), and I'm seeing The Hobbit tomorrow.
But first, of course, caps!  

* - Slippery and slidey, it's the best ice levels in video games. Some great choices in here too!

* - It feels like such a long time since Elsa blogged for us. Her new one is about the added value of customizable characters in video games, and as always its incredibly insightful.

S - More censorship? Of course, there is ALWAYS more censorship. Although to be fair I like the censored Bravely Default character better.

A - Christmas. Christmas has changed.

A - Neshoba shares a fun story about his 25th birthday gaming tournaments.

P - The Secret Moon Base makes a glorious return! With mustard!

P - We're already at the second episode of Not'Toid featuring everybody's favorite zombie overlord (who hates me), amazing frog and black grandma.





S - Destructoid is in its 15th chapter of being devastated and destroyed. I'm still not in it because Zombie Orwell hates me now.

D - I know nothing about this game nor its kickstarters, but it's a new dev promoting his stuff, so whatevs.

C - ctu33BSG remembers to play video games for the fun of it.

V - If you really wanted you could watch a video on some dudes favorite Pokémon, but we all know that Eevee wins.



- I know I should be excited about Smaug, but honestly I'm looking forward to Beorn so much.



- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade

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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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