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Cblogs of 12/21/12 and bbainisms

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Hello everyone and happy holidays! Christmas is right around the corner, and I'm excited to spend some time with my family and loved ones in the coming days.

In the meantime, though, I've been spending some time playing some genres of games that I don't normally play, and it's been a refreshing change of pace. Knutaf gifted me a copy of English Country Tune on Steam, which is a puzzle game that he was very enthusiastic about, and I've been having a great time ruminating over that game's ingenious puzzles and trippy gravity mechanics over the past week. I also liked that I could watch all of Knut's solutions, since he recorded walkthroughs of each stage on the Youtubes, and compare them to my own. I've only got two stages left to complete (Half Sided #4 and Lesson), and they're really stumping me, but I haven't resorted to any outside help yet for any of the other levels, so I'll try to resist for the time being. Anyway, thanks a ton for the gift, Knut! <3



Aside from puzzles, I've also begun to dabble in the fighting game genre, after a co-worker lent me his copy of Persona 4 Arena for PS3! I'm usually pretty terrible at fighting games, and mostly resort to button mashing. But I'm trying to finally become competent at a fighting game for once, and P4A is the perfect opportunity, since I already love the characters so much. I've been using Teddie mostly, because he makes fights ten times more adorable (also, kudos to Teddie's new voice actor! He sounds very similar to the original. The same can't be said about Chie's new voice actor, though... I still can't get used to her voice). I'm starting to get a lot better at pulling off some of Teddie's special moves. I need to work on combos though, I tend to just try one attack at a time. At least I'm not button mashing anymore, though!

So far I've scored a few nice victories, a handful of which ended in finishing moves. One person even ragequit in the middle of Teddie's finishing move cutscene! That might have been the first time I ever made someone ragequit; it was simultaneously satisfying and quite anticlimactic. Right now I am rank E, which isn't that great yet, but I hope to keep rising up the ranks! I'm happy to have finally found a fighting game that I can latch onto. Oh, and if anyone has this game on PS3 and wants to fight online with me sometime, just let me know!



* - nekobun offers some excellent advice on integrating into the Destructoid community! Whether you're a new member or old, you should definitely check this out.

* - Say hello to Pixielated, who starts things off right with an explosive intro blog!

A - TheKodu stirs up some non-existent video game controversies, as if we needed any more!

A - knightofhearts praises CSR Racing for being one of the better games available for mobile devices, but criticizes the mobile market for their primary goal of making money. Isn't that the primary goal of almost any business, though?

A - Woah! I'm not sure that I agree with Canada's Scanning Code of Practice, but it is very unfair of Xbox to list sale prices in countries where the sale doesn't apply.

A - TroyFullbuster's 2012 game of the year awards.

S - Marcunio88 is still carolling with the Twelve Games of Christmas. Next up is Wind Waker, another excellent choice!





E - burningsoup and friends are running a Katamari marathon to benefit Child's Play this weekend! The King of All Cosmos is pleased.

F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + End of the world holiday greetings!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + Hungover alpacas!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PC + Mecha TF2 updates!





A - A Christmas themed Podtoid poster by Sir Tobbii!

V - Sir Tobbii's choice for Most Overlooked Game of 2012.

V - Sir Tobbii's choice for Best Rerelease/Compilation of 2012.

V - A video compilation of the many video games released in 2012.

V - Big Rigs: the worst video game of this Mayan era! I can't believe this was ever a thing you could pay money for.

C - Some long-winded thoughts on the Final Fantasy XIII-3 trailer which could use some editing.


No fails! I'm bear-y impressed, you guys!



- bbain

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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!

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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

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-The Witness
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