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Cblogs of 3-02-09 and Qalamarisms

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Greetings, fellow automatons.

In the background tonight, I have a torrent of Jonathan Coulton Looks Back percolating away. He's probably best known in these parts for writing the closing credits song for Portal, but he's done many fairly geeky songs that statistically, if you're reading this, you will enjoy. He's well versed in gaming and internet social trends, having released a couple of his songs as free downloads for Rock Band-- and everyone who's met him at PAX or other events has said he's just as awesome in real life as you would expect. The album is a legal torrent, all of the songs distributable under Creative Commons, and can be grabbed right here if you are so inclined. It won't cost you anything except time, why not have a listen?


Seeing this live was one of the highlights of my life. No exaggeration.

I traded my copy of Bioshock for a friend's copy of Fallout 3 for a while and have just started that up. I expect to be exploring the D.C. Wasteland for quite a while. The first two Fallout games reminded me of Choose-your-own-adventure books, and each save was like putting your thumb on a page to see what would happen next. I hope this one continues that tradition.

Lots of reviews today, but not much news. Let's get to the recaps.


*-There are some exceptionally talented artists here on Destructoid. GrumpyTurtle is one of them.
*-"I think it's fitting that I share my name with some mustachioed cowboy gay porn bear." -Jim Sterling


A-StrawHatLuffy writes about the ups and downs of emulation.
S-Every Monday NihonTiger90 politely asks What'd You Get?
M-The first Musing for this month is from Unangbangkay, who wrote about the Star Wars universe.
M-MotoRobo wrote about bibles for his Monthly Musing. I can almost guarantee it's not what you're expecting.


C-PacoDG posted some cool Cosplay pictures taken at Megacon, and is giving away some of the stuff he bought.


E- Love Dtoid? Live in Texas? Check this out.
F-Apparently Killzone 2's first FNF was a lot of fun. Clance can't wait for this Friday.
S-Coonskin shares some IRC hilarity. WTF is a hedgehog?
I-UCHU briefly introduces him-or-herself. Oh, wait, no, it's a him.
I-Uber Mashu makes a fine introduction and lets us know what it's really like to work in a U.K. GameStation store.
I-Mighty Pinto wrote a truncated "10 things" post. That's ok, his 8 things are all pretty sweet.
E-Falinter is promoting a XBox version Left 4 Dead tournament.


T-Nilcam ponders the dickery surrounding SF4 ranked matches. The internet is a magical place, isn't it?
R-SephirothX reviews Killzone 2's multiplayer portion.
R-CWal37 played the PC demo for Lost Remnant on Steam, and shares his impressions.
T-Shinryu108 got a new HDTV and a PS3 for Street Fighter 4. After, his head asplode.
T-Perfect Chaos wanted to know what DS game to try after Time Hollow.
R-Hot Cyder's review of Chrono Trigger endorses bank robbery if you can't afford it. In these troubled economic times, I suppose that's valid.
T-Speaking of Chrono trigger, have you heard about the upcoming Black Sigil? If not, do yourself a favor and check out Jackal27's blog.
R-Lots of reviews today, half retro, half modern. Stewie32887 reviews the original Castlevania. Qraze gets cranky.
R- Barcode reviewed Star Ocean: The Last Hope.
V- TheCleaningGuy reports that King of Fighters 12 will be coming to consoles later this year. It's a good year for fighting games.


S-Pendleton21 has been disgusted with Gillette ever since he saw today's Penny Arcade. Niero agrees.
F-InfiniteStrike posted some casting choices for Street Fighter 4: the Movie. I think Reggie would make a better Ryu.
L-Michiyoyoshiku reviewed some comics.
S-SurplusGamer has a friend who's leaving to serve their country. Before she left, she gave him a very nice going away present.
S-VGMari picked up some Japanese Gameboy games and BSG patches at Megacon. Nice haul!


L-Gregatrons shares a couple of game-related pieces from The Onion. Nice header image, by the way.
R-This was the first post I looked at today. No mention of Hades and Persephone? You could tie it in with God of War or something.
V-Parrothead shares a music video called "Guitar Hero Hero" by MC Lars. There's a wicked guitar solo about halfway through, oddly enough.
?-Bwuh? No comprendo.



F-Forums, please.
F-Preview blogs don't fly on my watch. Post actual content the first time or don't post at all.



-(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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