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Cblogs of 12/27/12 + "Come in, and know me better, man!"-isms


Why hello there, everyone! Guess who?!
No, not Big Bird. Seriously, where would you even get that idea?

Nope, this is in fact your old frenemy ShadeOfLight speaking, and I値l be your new recapper for Thursdays! It has already been announced that TheManChild will be absent for a while due to personal reasons, and we wish him all the best in difficult times. In the mean time, I値l be filling in for him. As for me, there痴 not too much you need to know about me to be honest. It should be obvious that I知 a gamer, and a huge Nintendo fanboy at that, and on top of that I love to write. I致e been a regular here on Destructoid for about two years now, pouring my heart into a blog every now and again, and this feels like an awesome step in my internet career. As for the rest, well, we値l see how much of me I can expose in my weekly 鉄hadeisms sections, won稚 we now?

I do want to mention that I already feel right at home among the other recappers. I致e already been hugged by the guys, I致e been called a bitch by Smurfee, Phil has professed his love for me at least twice and everyone else also made me feel most welcome. And that痴 while I haven稚 even done anything yet! By the way, I want the records to show that bbain is the best hugger out of all of them. Sorry guys, but he痴 just so gentle!

So without further ado, how was Christmas for all of you? For me, it was alright I guess. I致e actually been studying for most of it. I live in one of the few countries in the world where they don稚 really observe Christmas, so I barely noticed it this year. We remember Jesus and everything, and we have dinner with the folks, but Christmas just isn稚 really a thing over here, if that makes any sense. We don稚 give out presents on Christmas either. Instead, we have our own holiday on December 5th called 鉄interklaas (this is actually where you got the name Santa Claus from). There are a few key differences, though. Sinterklaas is a much more stately fellow than Santa, he comes by steam ship rather than by sleigh, and instead of elves his helpers are black people.

Now, I know that sounds incredibly racist, butbut

Actually, I got nothin; it痴 probably racist. It痴 not something we really think about over here, it痴 just part of the tradition really. Besides, we tell our children that those helpers are black from soot, since they have to climb down chimneys all the time. I honestly have no idea if that makes it better or worse. Click at your own risk.



Whereas I致e never really done much for Christmas, I have created my own sort of Christmas ritual nonetheless. Every year, I make a point to watch three very specific Christmas movies:

The first is The Muppet Christmas Carol, which is the best version of the classic story and shut up it is! Despite being a Muppet movie and having the necessary humor in place, this is a surprisingly touching movie. Tiny Tim痴 death gets me every time, as well as Beaker giving his scarf to Michael Caine once he turns good. Keep in mind that in this movie, Tiny Tim is a goddamn puppet frog, and it still holds up. This is my feel-good movie of the year, and I never get tired of it.

The second is The Nightmare Before Christmas. This is a relatively recent addition to the list, but I can listen to those songs all year long. Which is to say I do. My favorites are 撤oor Jack and 典his is Halloween.

The final one is going to take a little more explanation. I知 talking about the French film 笛oyeux Nol (溺erry Christmas). This is a dramatization of the 1914 Christmas truces during the First World War. For those of you who don稚 know, on the 24th of December 1914, several divisions of German, French and British soldiers decided to lay down their arms for the night. They left their trenches and celebrated Christmas together with the 兎nemy. There are reports of joint masses and burials, exchanges of food and liquor and even soccer matches between people who should have been mercilessly slaughtering eachother. What was once a battle field literally became an impromptu soccer field. People have observed that during the soccer games both sides 殿dvanced more in one night than they had done in months prior. My country managed to stay neutral during the First World War (we tried to during the Second, but Hitler was having exactly none of that), so it should be difficult for me to relate to thisbut it isn稚. It is one of the most inspiring stories I have ever heard, and Joyeux Nol is a great movie on the event. We are really reminded once again that if everyone in the entire world at one point looked at each other and realized that despite any differences we are all people with family, friends, hopes, dreams and feelings, our world would be a better place. This movie really shows the soldiers coming to that realization, and how it changes everything.

I know Christmas is over already, but you really need to see this movie. Go look it up, there痴 still time. This is the absolute best movie you could ever see at Christmas, and you need to go do it right now. I won稚 budge on this.

And while you go and do that, let痴 get to the caps!

* - Isay updates his huge Carter-esque Ratchet & Clank Quest with post-impressions of three games, two of which turned out to be his favorites! I love the pictures he used in his blog, especially dead Locke.

A - Despite doing most of my gaming on PC, I actually know very little about its hardware and stuff, but this blog by That Silly Black Guy shows you how to build a decent gaming rig on the cheap.

P - It's the Zero Cool Podcast, episode 65, in which Jordan makes a triumphant return!

C - According to Urban Dictionary, Hamza Aziz's name means "The God of Sex". Is anyone honestly surprised?

C - Similarly, VoltySquirrel's real name either means "large penis", "the impregnator" or "to rip off someone's penis". A name fit for a king.

C - ChillyBilly is hot, smart and all-round amazing. The only downside is that he's "not geeky". Where's the fun in that?!

C - Strider's real name means "God of War". As a huge LotR freak, I'd say "Strider" is already pretty awesome!

C - Phil cheats by entering two names. Come on man, leave some girls for the rest of us!

- Fun fact: my real name means "rock". Yep. No god of war or anything, just a rock. A ROCK.

T - HightowersWorld is afraid that the hype The Walking Dead has been receiving may ruin it for new players. I say everyone who hasn't played The Walking Dead by now has brought it entirely upon themselves.

V - Hi, my name is Vaas, and I'm a Bad Guy. I'm bad, and that's good; I will never be good, and that's not bad; There's no one I'd rather be than me.

R - A look back at 2012 by nilcam. Looks like the year's been expensive for him, but he did get some great games out of it!

M - In a bit of a minimalistic blog, Cyrus shares his favorite video game soundtracks. I love Motoi Sakuraba, so I'm always happy to see him represented.

V - Okay, bear with me here guys, but I don't think Bling Pringles likes The War Z very much. Just a hunch.

24th of December 1914: 哲o hostilities on the German side tonight

- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade

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