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Cblogs of 2-9-09 and Qalamarisms

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I don't normally use my power of recapping for evil, but I hope you'll all permit me this extravagance for a change. I've been mulling it over and have been thinking that starting an online Destructoid Pokemon tournament might be a lot of fun. I think it'd also be a lot of work though, so right now I'm just putting feelers out to see if there's enough interest to make it worth doing. If you're interested, would you kindly check out my cblog or the forum post and let me know? I think having 32-64 players participating would be the most fun, but I'm willing to go with as few as 16.



I went and saw Taken with some friends over the weekend, and I can't recommend it highly enough. It's a bit slow to get started, but once it gets going it doesn't let up until the ride is over. One of my friends exhaled mightily when the end credits began to roll, exclaiming, "I don't know about you guys, but I'm exhausted." It's THAT kind of a movie. No superpowers, no fancy gimmicks. Just 90 minutes of Liam Neeson kicking nine types of excrement out of some dudes who really, really deserve it.

Anyway. Enough whoring for now. Let's get down to the recaps.


*-This is where I abuse my power. At least I'm up front about it, right? I'll go hang my head in shame now.
*-Megastryke's Monthly Musing on long car trips slammed me right square in the nostalgia gland. Nice one!
*-InfiniteStrike touched off a debate about the racial elements of RE5. I like to see intelligent discussion taking place in the Cblogs.



A-Rucksack continued the RE5 debate in his own blog.
A-SurplusGamer looks at Subjective vs. Objective, and why the latter should NOT be a reviewer's goal.
S- An early Happy Birthday to NihonTiger90. He got some early B-day presents, but What'd You Get?
A-Subenu wrote a solid piece on the definition of "Retro." Personally, I think it's subjective.
S-Tactix hosted Destructoid Community Discusses. This week: Games that suck.



No contests today. Instead please enjoy this orchestrated version of Dancing Mad from Final Fantasy 3/6j.




E-Senisan82 shows some pictures of the Dtoid Karaoke night that followed the New York Comic Con.
E-Dtoid Toronto will be representing at Lanapalooza.
S-Ironically, this probably belongs in the forums. MrSadistic's E-peen casts Meteo!
I-Welcome to RetroNutZ, who shares a bitchin' retro-themed wallpaper as his way of introducing himself.
I-Greetings are also in order for EskimoBob, who may have the best header image on Destructoid right now.
H-Finally, n0brein makes an introduction by showing off his slick gaming setup.


N-Dead Rising 2 was inevitable, but I'm still going to be giggling maniacally while taking out zombies with a Baccarat board.
N-FlamesofChaos found an excellent reason to buy Retro Game Challenge, assuming you weren't going to already.
N-NihonTiger90 found that rumors of Kizuna's death may have been greatly exaggerated.
N-Yesterdays Rumortoid about the new Splatterhouse being pulled from Bottlerocket has been confirmed by FuryFire.
T- Oberoi wrote about some games he thinks deserve sequels. What would you add to the list?
R-Dyna Geek reviewed Lord of the Rings: Conquest.
T- Covah points out that this Fall in February is a good time to be a console gamer.
R-DerrickH is none too pleased with Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.
R- VoyToid reviewed Swordy McBoob in Monsterland.
R-Diverse reviewed My World, My Way. It's... pink. Could be interesting though-- after all, it's from ATLUS.
T-Gregatrons tries to compare apples and oranges and winds up with lemons.
T-Novakaine found a quote comparing the Wii to a Teddy Ruxpin. Theodore Ruxpin Esq. if you're nasty.
T-Bugsport has a recommendation for those who just can't seem to finish an RPG.





F-Gregatrons pours out a virtual 40 on the curb for Toonami.
F-Coraline made Former Acorn uneasy. Neil Gaiman'll do that, yup.
L-Matthew Blake wanted to know about self-publishing.
F-BlindSideDork thinks the movie 9 shares some thematic elements with Half-Life.
S-Barcode found a couple of friends in the closet. Wait, that came out wrong.
S-Zoel shows off the most expensive single game I've ever seen.
S-WhoAmI40 may have gotten the deal of the year when he traded in COD: WaW for this retro treasure trove.


L-This is WAAAY funnier than it has any right to be.
R-Some random mental activity from Garison. I get that way on Sunday nights too sometimes.
L-Oh dear. Sony takes one on the chin from The Onion. Nice find by Crunshii.
V-WHY WOULD ANYONE DO THIS?!? WHYYYYY?!!!?
C-We spell out "You," "Your" and "You're" around here.
C-I understand the need to vent, but I don't think this is really the forum to do so.
?-Wait... you're saying pro wrestling isn't real?
C-Xhumation wrote a bit about Mario and Peach's relationship. Kinda hard to read with the jacked up line breaks.


F-Sometimes the comments make a fail blog worth looking at.
F-A preview of a review? Not on my watch.
F-Gave this guy the benefit of the doubt on his other crappy blog, but this one's worse.

-(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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