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Cblogs of 2-23-09 and Qalamarisms

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Before I begin, I have a question for you, Cblog Recap reader. I'd like you to be as honest as you can. Brutally so, if necessary. Do I write too much? I've noticed my recaps take a lot longer to scroll through than those of my contemporaries. I enjoy commenting on each of the blogs I've read on my shift, and I try to add something humorous or relevant to the link for each one. Is that a waste of time? Would you rather just have the link with minimal commentary? Or does it add anything to know that at least one person has read your blog?



You may notice something about the topsauce category tonight. On a normal night I post three or four articles there, but tonight there are no less than seven. Today was a good day to be doing the recaps. Additionally, there were several very well done introductions by new members as well as the Monday night regulars. Chad got to swim with some freakin' dolphins, and Destructoid.Com is apparently worth over $2,000,000 according to some website you've never heard of. All this and more in tonight's Cblog Recap.


*-There's no way I could let this pass by-- Chad Concelmo had a once in a lifetime experience today. A frown darkened his face when he was stuck in traffic!
*-Kif gives us a review of Left 4 Head. I refuse to search for it, but surely there's a subset of fetishists who get off on zombie porn.
*-Diverse shares an extensive collection of indie SHMUPS. I look forward to going through his list in greater detail once the recaps are live. Have a look!
*-This started out as a rebuttal to the Halo Wars review that went up a couple of days ago but quickly became a debate that sheds light on the entire reviewing process. Well worth a look.
*-MegaStryke took his local game exchange for a ride. Behold what an offering to Dyson's retro god can do for you!
*-Jedah Doma points out a disturbing trend facing the heroes of the current crop of video games.
*-Finally, our robot-in-chief lets us know... bloggin' ain't easy. I think I can speak for the community when I say that the hard work is most definitely appreciated.


A-Kavorka skillfully wrote a bit about fanboy mentality and the circle-jerk logic that surrounds it.
S-Tactix hosted his weekly feature, Dtoid Community Discusses. The topic this week: The evolution of game music. (This would have been a Topsauce if there weren't so many already.)
S-And as every Monday, Nihontiger90 wants to know What'd You Get?
A-Lots of Street Fighter 4 blogs today. Nice Clothes wrote about unlocking the... well... nice clothes via paid DLC.
A-Nilcam offers a rebuttal to Jonathan Holmes' piece on why the latter is hesitant to buy Street Fighter 4.


C-CannedPasta promotes a contest where you can win some Skate 2 swag.


F-SilverDragon1979 talks some smack and throws down the Killzone 2 gauntlet. Is there any man who can stand before him?
C-Half Left needs some encouragement to head to PAX this year.
C-Unangbangkay turned to the community for suggestions on his next game. The results were damn near unanimous.
I-BPmachete made a fine introductory blog. Welcome to Destructoid.
I-Greetings are also in order for TheRedPepperOfDoom. Nice job on the intros today.
I-TonySwank introduced himself by making use of the "10 things" format.
I-Finally, DreamSower joined the party by telling everyone a bit about his gaming history. All four of you started with your best foot forward, and it looks like you'll fit in well.


N-Mr Glider wants to make out with the upcoming Border Break. I can't say I blame him.
N-Angelsdon'tburn lets you know you can preorder MadWorld for less than 40 bones over at Amazon.
N-The TF2 Scout shotgun update was announced today. WHOOOOO!
N-Major League Gaming got to test out a couple of maps for Halo 3 that haven't seen the light of day yet.
R-Paul Soth's friend Chris Bradshaw wrote a review of SFIV. This would not be significant if he didn't run the website Kikouken.com.
R-SephirothX has been playing catchup lately. He reviews several of last year's big name titles in this post.
R-Megatron0016 reviews a few older games as well as taking a look at Moon.
R-Michiyoyoshiku reviewed the Madcatz standard fightstick.
T-I don't know much about fighting games other than Smash Brothers, but Furyfire sounds like he knows what's up when it comes to defeating spammers.
T-Angry Damman gets stuck in FF7 but vows to push on. Then WoW strangles him.
T-Stewie32887 coins a new word for an old phenomenon, "Funstrating." Sounds like a future New Gamer Dictionary topic.
V-CjnLion posted a viral video from Ubisoft promoting HAWX. Kinda cool but very short.


A-Perler beads are a fantastic medium for sprite-based art, and Faith takes full advantage. This collection of characters from Final Fantasy 3/6j is nothing short of astonishing.
S-Dark-Mullet isn't favorably impressed by this Deadpool figurine from the upcoming Wolverine movie.
S-Michael Jackson's loss could be your gain! Tascar reports on the upcoming auction that includes some of the King of Pop's electronic entertainment items.


L-This is exactly what I thought of when I saw Chad's blog, too.
R-I don't understand this.
R-Or this. Maybe it's me.
C-Michiyoyoshiku, it's fun typing your name, but you need to do more than post a single image and maybe a couple lines of text.
C-Some SFIV Haikus by Raveness. I think DanMartigan has the right idea here.
C-This should probably be a forum post, but it's good that you got your question answered.
C-This could use a little more polish, a reason for others to read it. As it stands it seems like you wrote it for yourself and yourself only.
V-Butmac tests an energy drink and films the results. Hijinks ensue.
R-CWal37 posted a sort of a review of Windows 7.


F-Lacks effort. See me after class.
F- Just the latest misstep in the failed Obama presidency.

Let's see, I usually post a video in these things, don't I?

You may have seen this already. YouTube user BrentalFloss adds lyrics to older game music- in this video he takes on the classic Final Fantasy victory fanfare.

-(Qalamari)

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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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