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Cblogs of 2-16-09 and Qalamarisms

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President's day has come and gone, and while I number among the public sector stiffs who don't get to take the holiday off from work, I find it's not a bad idea to take a moment and reflect on the great (and less great) men who have led the United States through good times and bad. Unless of course you're reading this from somewhere other than the U.S., in which case this day probably has less significance to you than effluvium in a windstorm. In that case, I hope you and your significant other had a lovely Valentine's day, or failing that, a happy Single's Awareness Day.

Being that it is President's day in this country, I hope you'll not mind if I emulate Theodore Roosevelt and use the Bully Pulpit of the Cblog recaps to plug my own project. Based on the response I got to the idea of a Pokemon tournament, I've drawn up rules and started a forum thread for those who would like to participate. I need more people to sign up, though. As of right now, I have less than 8 people who've given me their information, which would make for a rather short tourney. I think it could be a lot of fun, but this will only work if people are willing to meet me halfway. If beating living elemental hell out of adorably marketable creatures is something that appeals to you, why not sign up via one of the above links, or send me an e-mail? Signups will close at the end of this weekend... This is the last you'll hear from me on the subject in this space.




I played through and completed the PS3 version of Bioshock over the last week, playing the role of a goody-two-shoes sistersaver from beginning to end. I'm curious to know how things play out if you play the role of a totmunching bastard, but I think I'll wait and cleanse my palette with another game before returning to the morally murky depths of Rapture. I do have a question for the community though... has anyone downloaded and played through the DLC for this game, and in your opinion is it worth it? I may be wrong, but I don't remember a Destructoid review on the downloadable stuff. Reviews have been strangely difficult to come by elsewhere, as well.

I'm sure you've had enough of my prattle at this point. Recaps, I choose you!


*-Krow wrote a deeply personal look at how much the Legend of Zelda games have meant to him.
*-Jedah Domah made a great debut with this post about video games' older cousin.
*-Remember that contest Haxan was running? Check out what happened afterwards...
*-I don't want to spoil this. Just read it.



S-Tactix hosted another Destructoid Community Discusses. This week: Educational Games, with a surprise mystery guest!
S-NihonTiger90 asks the eternal question: What'd You Get?
A-Dimly wrote an article on how Sega can make Sonic relevant again. Shame they won't listen.



No contests today. Here's a video of some stuff in the Street Fighter Cartoon that just plain makes no sense.




E-Paul Soth could use some help organizing the Columbus Electronic Gaming Expo. If you're in or near Ohio, how about lending a hand?
C-Ckarasu did a comparative analysis between GameFAQs and Destructoid. As Yojimbo put it, that's like comparing a Picasso to a coloring book page.
C-Kezins wrote about how he very nearly gave up on gaming when he was in the military, and how he came back to it.
C-Stewie32887 needs to learn that 22 isn't old, dammit. Neither, I might add, is 32.
C-Velt decided to write more in his native tongue.
R-FitzLik3AlG0r3 (Yes, really) bought a Madcatz pad for SF4 that was broken right out of the box. Sorry, dude.


N-Earthbound on the Virtual Console is dealt yet another blow. I'd make a SMAAAAAAAAAASH joke but my heart wouldn't be in it.
N-Oboro Muramasa has been pushed back in Europe. They say bad things always come in threes...
V-WHY PENIS WHY? JTHomeslice shows that GTA4's DLC contains wang.
R-SurplusGamer reviews some... rentals? Actually, this works pretty well. I like the scoring system.
R-ZombieKiller13 chimes in on Onechanbara. At least the reviews are consistent.
R-Nilcam shares his perspective on Flower.
T-SilverDragon1979 wonders why no one seems excited about The Lost and the Damned for GTA 4.
T-Why hasn't there been a review of SF4 on Destructoid yet? Nick Chester reveals all.
T-Michiyoyoshiku does the math on Street Fighter 4 and determines the home version is ultimately cheaper.
T-Nilcam has pre-release insomnia for Street Fighter 4.
T-N0brein pontificates about the new screens Namco released for Tekken 6. Is it just me, or does the timing of their screenshots seem suspicious?


A-EarthBounderNess shows via the magic of Photoshop what Chad and Colette might look like in Street Fighter 4.
A-Faith reposted her Pixel Perler creations from yesterday. They're still awesome.
A-These SF4 advertisements should certainly count as art. Nice find by RAB.
L-Ckarasu shares a webcomic targeted at fans of the Persona games. Apparently it's hilarious.
M-A very well done remix of the Final Fantasy battle theme by Against Belief. Video's a little strange though.
S-Pappadukes shows off what he received for V-day.


L-Is this a shoop? Only Genki-JAM knows for sure...
R- Mr. Dillinger gave us this... interesting... 10 things post.
R-Apparently Madworld will be set in Ivalice. Well, that Vaan kid could probably use a beating.
V-I'm not gonna lie. This wasn't good.
C-More content next time, please.
C-So Michiyoyoshiku hasn't played Guilty Gear. That's... nice?
C-This had already been on the front page for 6 hours at this point. That's like a hundred years in internet time from what I understand.
?-What's Substance TV?


S-Slower than slugs f***ing.
F-Take your ad blog and shove it.
F-THIS BLOG IS CASUAL lobster milkshake.
F-The forums will be happy to accommodate you.


-(Qalamari)

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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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