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Cblogs of 8/1/09 and 8/2/09 + SilverDragonisms

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Unfortunately I was not able to post a daily recaps last night, due to the website being down as the server transfer took place. It's a good thing though, because I just happened to be a little bit intoxicated last night. Thanks to both of these reasons, I have wrapped the entire weekend's recap until this one gigantic "to rule them all" recap.

Before we get to the recap let me just talk a little bit about the new game I picked up and played this weekend, MadWorld. I bought this game at GameStop earlier this week, thanks to it's new and improved $19.99 price point. After playing through and beating the game in under two days, I have to say I was pretty disappointed. After reading such good reviews, I had my hopes up for what I was expecting to be a great beat'em up. Instead what I got was a short "death simulator", with spotty controls, a difficulty curve that varied all over the place, and bosses that were way to easy to defeat.

Now don't get me wrong, MadWorld did have some great things going for it. Its presentation was top notch, with a look and style that can simply not be found in any other game on the market right now. It also had a pretty cool soundtrack, with some of the funniest background announcers ever heard in a game. Finally, it came up with some very inventive ways to kill people. Past that though the game was just kind of mediocre.

It's a good thing MadWorld only cost me $20, because I would have been pretty angry if I had paid $50 for this. What confuses me the most is that the developers took a simple game idea and tried to add in some confusing convoluted story that just didn't need to be there. When the goal is to kill people in the most horrific ways possible, you do not need a story, especially not one has horrible as the one they came up with. I know a lot of other people enjoyed this game, and that's great, but I am not one of those people. My recommendation is to rent this game to see the awesome art style and all the "fun" and inventive ways you can kill someone, but don't expect much more from it.

Ok let's get to the weekend recaps ....






*-Luke Barnard has created an awesome illustration dedicated to Big-Boss Papa-Burch.

*-Sonc9jct presents his new game "Fun! Fun! Super Fun Bee Assault Party!" Download it and play it now.

*-Wanderinpixel has created "Motivational Posters" using all of the Destructoid Editors. This is really awesome, and you need to check it out!

*-Everyone's favorite music series, dTunes, returns to Destructoid with an all new format. CHeck this out everyone!



A-Tubatic shares his thoughts on the recent "games as art" debate between Jaffe and Anthony.

A-AngryEMOgirl also weighs in with her thoughts on the "Games as Art" debate.

A-Will it never end? Laird responds to Anthony's Rant.

A-Phoenix Gamma chimes in with his thoughts on the whole "games as art and fun" debate.

A-Kommander Kerf shares an essay he wrote on whether the video games industry is recession proof or not.

A-Geneticfoil discusses whether the world is really ready for digital distribution or not.

S-Reverend Macro discusses his distaste for the game "Biand Bloodaxe" in his new series on lousy games from his past.

S-Subenu rises from the forums to bring us another edition of "Building a Video Game Canon".

S-Necros posts the Dtoid June/July Completed Games List. Are you on it?

M-I, The Author: Death of Democracy.

P-Episode 3 of The Drunkcast records tomorrow night, with special guest Kryptinite.

P-Episode 19 of the Backwards Compatible Podcast records tonight!



E-Paul Soth has come up with an idea for an incredibly original fighting game tournament, but he needs your input. Check his idea out here.



E-It's time for the first ever edition of 360 Shoryuken Saturday

E-There's also a PS3 edition of Shoryuken Saturday as well.

E-This weeks ShiMuNi movie is MOONWALKER!

E-Sit down and enjoy watching some movies tonight with Rider Chop

E-CrocBox hosts another Mystery Science Sunday night.

S-Some random person apparently dropped a bunch of old empty video game boxes in front of Monodi's house. WTF!

S-Freefall graces us all with a video blog about what it was like to e a gamer 20 years ago.

S-In case you didn't know already, Cheeburga has returned.

S-If you live in the New Jersey, NYC area, you should go check out SickNasy do a standup routine this Sunday night.

C-RandomBullsEye shares his thoughts on the recent "colorful" discussion between Jaffe and Anthony.

I-TheRico introduces himself to the community.

I-GodsProphet introduces himself to the community.

I-Zyrshnikashnu introduces himself to the Dtoid community.

I-TheRealist871 introduces himself to the Dtoid community.



N-A new Nifflas gfame has been revealed by Nicalis

N-TewDee thinks he has found proof that King of Fighter 13 is being worked on.

N-It looks like FF 13's graphics are getting downgraded thanks to the XBOX 360.

N-It appears the new XBOX 360 dashboard update will reduce the size of full game installs. I'm not exactly sure how that's possible.

V-Check out this new video for the PSP version of LittleBigPlanet

R-Lucky Sevans reviews 'Splosion Man.

T-Reveille talks about how The Maw and 'Splosion Man helped him fall in love with Twisted Pixel.

T-Relic Kylias shares his thoughts on Dawn of War II

T-TheFil returns to share his thoughts on a bunch of games he's been playing lately as he plows through his backlog.

T-Raptorface wonders why Microsoft won't let people download custom content to the console.

T-TheMizarkShow likes the fact the recent Bionic Commando: Rearmed patch makes the game easier.

T-After reading this you'll realize that Koopa Detat really loves his JRPGs!

T-Mcbennet discusses how he balances his love for gaming and the enjoyment of his summer.

T-Koopa Detat thinks we should all celebrate Shark Week by picking up a copy of the 1987 NES version of JAWS.



A-It appears a Wolverine and Iron Man anime is in development. Whoah!

A-After listening to RFGO!, Cadtalfyn came up with the idea for "Super Samit World". Check out the drawings here.

M-Check out this 8-bit Mecha Anime music from "Operation British"



R-In case you missed it, GiantBomb was live streaming the end of the Mtrix Online last night.

R-Did you know that "tula" is a chilean slang for "cock"?

L-Electro Lemon welcomes back Dtoid with another edition of "Late Night Lulz"!



F-This is Destructoid, not Religioustoid!

F-Yeah ... I just don't know ...

F-While funny as hell, this is still full of fail!



-(SilverDragon1979)

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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

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

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