I've been on a roll lately. Last year, I would've been hard pressed to find inspiration to write, let alone time to actually do it. Everything conspired to be against me writing, whether it was long shifts at work, new games, holiday shopping, or personal time with my girlfriend. But in the post-holiday lull at Disneyland Resorts, there are less guests coming in, and therefore, less hours. But this isn't a horrible thing necessarily. Less money is certainly not a good thing but living with my parents affords me some wiggle room. More money means more potential to save up and GTFO but for now, less hours are unavoidable due to Christmas and New Year's wearing off at Disneyland and California Adventure.
In short, I've had tons of time to reinvigorate my creative endeavors. So much time to write, so much time to edit videos, so much time to try new games to build more creative endeavors on. If only I could figure out how to continue the Fapcast. Well, in the meantime of scheduling that out, I suppose I could bring back The Write Stuff to suffice while we wait.
So I finally made good on my promise to start Strider's Weeaboo Corner and started with The Pet Girl of Sakurasou. I'm a little sad my girlfriend couldn't get past the very same 5 minutes I warned would turn off most people who were jaded by classic harem tropes. If viewers can only get past the first fifteen minutes and see the introduction of the female lead, Shiina Mashiro, they'd catch a glimpse some anime gold that can hook them. And if you stick it out to the second episode (which might be a lot for a critic to ask his readers) you'd see that the series explores fascinating emotional issues that no other series has really done well in the past. I mean, imagine yourself as a normal person in high school, attending classes alongside bonafide geniuses. People so talented that the counselors just told you to give up and apply for some minimum wage job in retail?
In other animes, I've started Space Brothers. It's decidedly more down to Earth compared to Pet Girl. I'd forgotten to mention that Sorata's reactions are some of the funniest reactions I've heard of any comic foil in an anime, but you'll find humor that'd more in a subdued fashion in Space Brothers. For example, one of the brothers doesn't get fired for simple reasons. He gets fired because his boss was making fun of his little brother, who was in the papers after becoming an astronaut. But he doesn't just get angry at his boss. He straight up head butts him. And not just any head butt either. It was one inspired by Zidane's insane head butt during the 2006 world cup, which he watched himself. Ironically, as a car designer in the near future of 2025, the car used to escort Mutta Nanba off property grounds was the same car he won an award for designing. Hilarious.
Space Brothers is about (if I can start another Weeaboo Corner here) two brothers born in the 2000s, three years apart. During their youth, the brothers encounter a UFO and the duo are inspired to become astronauts. But while the younger one, Hibito, manages to become an astronaut set for the moon, the older one, Mutta, finds his own dream unfulfilled as his younger brother pulls further and further away from him. Until he's accepted by the new astronaut selection program.
I also finally returned Farcry 3, but not before recording a shitload of content for me to play with. I even recently got my hands on a free suite of Adobe CS2, including Photoshop. And I've been having tons of fun just photoshopping random images to go along with my Youtube uploads. I mean, nobody cares what Jason Brody looks like but I derive an unnatural amount of entertainment putting the head of a predator on top of the body of what's supposed to be Jason Brody.
The sky's the limit if I can get back into more games. It's too late for games like UMvC3 though, but I still have my hands on games like Persona 4 Arena and Skyrim. Not to mention some downloadables including an itch to buy Retro City Rampage. I mean, imagine the photoshop opprotunities with a game filled with classic game throwbacks and references. I can already think of at least 3 ideas for a thumbnail involving the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles since they chase you at one point in the beginning. I mean, seriously, com'on, they're awesome.
In an unfortunate sense, a lot of the games I'm looking forward to this year are on the 3DS,and I have no way to record footage of that. Still, that doesn't mean I'm not looking forward to Bioshock Infinite, GTAV, MGS Revengance, or Injustice: Gods Among Us. I'm just not feeling any hype from them. Or at least, the same amount of hype I'm feeling alone from Animal Crossing New Leaf or Pokemon X and Y.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I still have tons of things to write, edit, and produce. It's not every week I get even three days off in the work week. Four's a bit much but three is what I've been hoping for since Fall of 2012. Just enough work to earn some honest to god money but still some time off to feel like I've accomplished something. Enjoy a couple more videos in my ISMS!
Oh, I might as well mention that the announcement of Disney Infinite is a big deal for me because I work at the parks. Will we sell the figurines? Can I get a discount? Maybe even the eff'ing game? I'd be down for that like four flat tires.
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!
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.
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.
-Aporia: Beyond The Valley (Multiple Keys)
-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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