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While I havenít spend quite as much time playing video games as I did last week, youíd be forgiven for thinking the opposite based on my Steam account. Iím just a hair away from breaking 100 hours played in two weeks, which would amount to about a third of each day on Steam alone. Obviously, that wasnít the case. I have played plenty of games this week, since it turned out I didnít have to work after all (which is bad in that I donít get paid, but good in that teh vidya) but definitely not that much. So what happened?

Those goddamn trading cards did.

I didnít understand the trading cards at first, I thought they were just a stupid gimmick not worth my time. Then, Jordan Devoreís article hit. It cleared a lot of things up for me, and showed me what exactly I could do with them. That is, sell them for decent money. I still donít understand why anyone would ever craft those pointless badges or why ďfoilĒ cards sell for a buck a piece even though literally the only difference is the fact that it has the word ďfoilĒ on it, but Iím always happy to exploit the idiots of this world. ;)

I started by selling a bunch of cards I had multiples of and one Holiday Sale foil card, which altogether netted me about 2 bucks total. After that I started putting games I already beat like Portal 2 and Bastion idle for their trading cards too (Iím running Orcs Must Die! 2 and Super Meat Boy as I write this. Yes, both), which is what got me that insane 100 hours in two weeks. As it stands, Iím sitting atop a pretty good pile of cards, and I have Ä3,18 to my name in Steam Wallet funds. From here on out, Iím probably going to start selling everything I have left and save up for a cheap game or two. The only badge I could see myself crafting is the one for Trine 2 because I cannot emphasize enough how much I love Trine, but then I already spent 8 cents on the best looking wallpaper in the Trine set, so I probably have little to gain from the badge itself. So my best bet is getting a couple of games I wouldnít have otherwise bought for Ďfreeí. With my love for already-cheap indie games combined with the current sales, that should be very possible.

Beyond the Trading Card stuff, Iím currently still trying to decide on whether or not to buy Dark Souls and Deus Ex: Human Revolution in todayís (technically yesterdayís) sale. I can literally buy the latter with the money I got from my trading card sales, so that seems like a fair trade at least. I already downloaded quote-unquote Ďdemosí (wink wink nudge nudge) for both games, and they actually run surprisingly well on my two-year-old laptop thatís starting to show its age, so Iíll probably take the plunge sometime after I put these caps up.

Dark Souls in particular looks like a game I would enjoy immensely, and itís a damn shame I havenít been able to play it yet, so hereís hoping it holds up!



Cblogs are being slow lately, come on guys! I know you've still got it!

A - ManChild has been playing Analogue and more, and loves Holmes. By the way, what would you guys say if these Mangasms became weekly again? Sounds good, no?

A - A blog that warms my heart; GladChimer found his love for indie games through FTL.

S - Sheppy X is liveblogging Aliens: Colonial Marines. It's....it's not a very good game.

E - I didn't even know there was a SMT IV contest going on, but here's a short entry.




- Hold up just one damn second here. You're telling me that this is a character in Dark Souls? WHY THE FUCK HAVEN'T I PLAYED THIS GAME YET?!

T - Mr. Wolfe has been working on a complete breakdown of Metal Gear Solid 2.

T - We all have those games we get totally obsessed by. Cave Story+ is L3ED's current one.

T - Matt has been playing a couple of games of late, particularly Saints Row 3.

F - The first episode of RWBY is finally out! Is it any good?

V - A short video on DAYZ.



- I'm digging this wallpaper.



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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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