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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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It feels like it's been a decade since we've seen the rise of the crowdfunded game. I'm always surprised when I remind myself that crowdfunding has been a thing long before the first crowdfunded video game, but nowadays a crowdfunded game seems like a dime a dozen.

Of course such a phrase is an incredible disservice to some of the great games that have come out thanks to websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Games like FTL, Shovel Knight, and even Undertale are around thanks to crowdfunding; thanks to people gathering around and literally putting their money where their mouth is, a game they want gets funded and inevitably the greater landscape of gaming benefits from it. Most of the time the landscape gets to benefit from it anyways.

Don't worry though, this month's bloggers wanted prompt isn't an exploratory thesis on the effects of crowdfunding on video game development. We just want you to talk about your favorite games, as long as they were crowdfunded. This topic can be simultaneously broad and narrow, because you can talk about whatever game you want, however you want, as long as it was crowdfunded.
For me, FTL is the original crowdfunded game, and it was great. It was somehow minimalist and incredibly detailed at the same time, and it was all done because a man wanted to do it, but needed the money, and thousands of other people wanted to see where his idea would go. Shovel Knight to me feels like this natural evolution of the classic 8-bit gaming of yore without also throwing myself back to a time when gaming was honestly comparatively archaic. And everyone's talked to death about Undertale, so we all know where I'd go with that.

To participate in this month's bloggers wanted, just start a blog! Oh, and title it "Crowdfunded: [your blog title here]." I bet this month is going to be pretty diverse, since it's basically writing about your favorite crowdfunded game. So I hope to hear about some good games revisited or amazing games no one has heard about.

Remember: Persona 5 was not crowdfunded, but excuse me as I plow through it.

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