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Cblogs of 7/4/09 and 7/5/09 + SilverDragonisms


I hope all of my fellow Americans had a good 4th of July. Hopefully you all got away from the internet and your couches for a while and went and hung out with some friends outside to enjoy this patriotic holiday. I know I had a great time. My girlfriend and I threw a huge 4th of July cookout, with lots of food, lots of alcohol, and lots of fireworks. Luckily I once again was able to not blow my hand off while lighting fireworks while drunk. Ever since an almost near serious accident last year involving myself and fireworks, my girlfriend has been a little worried about me getting drunk and lighting off these oh-so explosive devices. Speaking of my girlfriend getting worried, she was also seriously freaked out this year by the Hawaiian shirt I decided to wear for my party. I have decided to post a picture below for you all to see how hideous this shirt looked. The funny thing is, I LOVE this shirt. I didn't care what she, or anyone else thought of me in it.

So let's talk video games for a while ok. I ended up taking an entire week of vacation last week from work, and decided to spend it by sitting at home playing Gears of War 2. Now I could have played any game, but this game had been sitting in my cabinet, unopened for 8 months, so I thought it was about time to open it up. After about 20 hours playing through the story campaign multiple times, and about 30 hours playing multiplayer, I can definitely say I will probably never play this game again. The story was great, but it's near impossible to get into a co-op game successfully, and the multiplayer is completely hit and miss. I have never experienced more 1-shot kills in my entire life in a game. It's extremely frustrating and it makes me never want to play the multiplayer ever again. If anyone wants to play the story campaign co-op let me know, otherwise I am done with Gears of War 2. Now it's time to move on to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Before we move on with the recaps, I would just like to mention I won't be posting my typical dragon picture tonight. Instead I'm posting a picture of myself in the hideous Hawaiian shirt I wore to my 4th of July party I threw this weekend. I guess it is a picture of a dragon after all, since it's a picture of me and I am Silverdragon1979 right. ;-)

Ok on with the recaps ....

*-Yojimbo writes a great piece about proper friend's list etiquette. Check it out here!

*-Takeshi creates a new LBP level inspired by Yojimbo's favorite place to play games. You have to check this out guys and gals!

*-Elsa writes another great blog, this one about the rise and fall of video game communities.

*-SansJason writes a hilarious post detailing the specific reasons why Jim Sterling with a Monocle is better then Kim Sterling without one. This is a must read for any true Dtoid fan.

*-Check out this totally awesome Okami Birthday Cake, and welcome MellowBunny to the Dtoid community while you're at it!

A-Dexter345 presents the top 5 games you should play to celebrate Independence Day

A-Puddle Jumper discusses his hatred of Capitalism in this piece about the price of video games.

S-Megatron0016 returns with another installment of Fanboy Weekly, this time about Virtual Console Arcade games.

S-Subenu posts another installment of his series on Building Video Game Canon, this week on JRPGs.

P-Episode 15 of the FSA Podcast

P-This just in ... there will apparently be no Backwards Compatible Podcast recorded this week.

The more videos I watch for this game, the more I want to play it.

S-Magnalon shares his recent thoughts on the dtoid community

S-Tavendale writes a great posts about the games he and his 2 close friends play together on a regular basis.

I-DrachulaX returns to the Dtoid community with a new screen name, JehutyFromHell. Welcome him back everyone!

I-Everyone welcome Woodbutcherdan84 to the dtoid community!

I-Maroni finally introduces herself to the Dtoid community. Everyone say hello!

H-Check out Woodbutcherdan84's new 40" HDTV. It is pretty sweet!

N-It appears that Midway Games will not be sold to Warner Bros., as the deal has fallen through. Poor Mortal Kombat. :-(

N-According to Miyamoto, the next Zelda game will not be "radically different".

N-Could a next-gen SSX game be on the horizon. A boy can dream right?

N-Check out this new box art for the new DS Pokemon games.

V-The-Excel posts a bunch of new videos for Card Saga Wars

R-Michiyoyoshiku has returned to dtoid to review Blazblue

R-Last Likely Lad reviews Fight Night Round 4

R-JustuceDude reviews Kamen no Maid Guy. THat is a really weird name just let me say.

T-Lenore Coffee can't decide whether she hates or loves trophies/achievements. She did earn the Platinum trophy on inFAMOUS, which is pretty damn cool!

T-JustuceDude shares his thought on the PSP after owning one for 2 weeks.

T-Akiba shares his thoughts on Fallout 3 DLC Point Lookout

T-Miguelcar808 picked up a copy of The Legend of Zleda: Oracle of Seasons recently, and loves it!

T-Flydream shares some of the funniest NPC quotes from World of Warcraft

T-Dnky666 thinks Skate 3 should stick to using a regular controller

T-Michiyoyoshiku posts his thoughts on Fing of Fighters '98 on XBLA

T-Doc Haus finally gives in and buys Blazblue, and remembers other instances in which he paid full price for games!

T-Another Blazblue blog, this one by ExpertPenguin

T-Steel Brotha apparently hates the entire Street Fighter series. He also has no concept of the proper use of paragraphs.

T-Ryoma90 shares his first impressions of Blazblue, just in case you haven't read enough impressions from other people already.

A-HammerShark found a cool XBOX360 Blue Hot Rod Faceplate on eBay for only $4.95. Check out the sweet artwork.

F-Someone in Hollywood actually wants to make a movie based on the game Asteroids, and here is the sceenplay for it. Didn't they already make this movie with Bruce Willis?

L-Garganroo misses No More Heroes so much, he has written this poem about it. Check it out.

4-Zen Albatross says happy 4th of July in his own strange way ....

4-JehutyFromHell finds the way Americans celebrate July 4th to be funny.

4-CWal37 celebrates Independence Day with a clip from the movie Independence Day

L-Covah gets drunk and posts about it!

L-Sadly. this video is the best thing Crunshii has posted in a while. Check it out it's pretty awesome!

?-Covah sure does love his Skies of Arcadia and Valkyria Chronicles.

F-There's no real content in this blog, followed by a link to a site where you can find the actual content. This is fail people!

F-So close, yet so far from being funny ...

F-This is just shameful and disgusting!

F-Ugh... why?

F-It doesn't get much worse then this guys. Just pathetic!

F-There has been a crap load of this type of fail all weekend! It's just so sad when stuff like this pushes good stuff off the front page


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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.


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

-Aporia: Beyond The Valley (Multiple Keys)
-The Witness
-Citadel: Forged With Fire (Multiple Keys)

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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