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The Cblogs of 10/31 and UNDEAD STRIDERISMS

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Once again, I have the pleasure of recapping on a distinguished day, Halloween. Let me take this chance to regale with tales of my own Halloweens, when I was younger.

Being a child, admittedly all you care about is free candy. But I could never get through even half my Halloween haul. I usually went with a friend in his neighborhood and as soon as we'd get back, I'd only be able to shovel down as much as an 8-year-old could stomach before calling it a night. My parents went out o their way to hide the rest of my catch, or worse, throw it away.

As I grew up, I didn't want to go trick or treating anymore. Was it because it's childish? Most adults would agree free candy in this American economy is a godsend. Was it uncool? This generation has produced countless pop culture icons most people in their twenties don't mind dressing up as. If it's no a walking sex joke, it's something cool like Finn or Jake, Mario, or even something ironic like a corrupt politician with a dirty jacket.

I thought about it for a while and realized what I loved most about Halloween wasn't the candy but that once a year chance to venture out into the night completely unsupervised. Wandering around at night around a mysterious neighborhood, without the pressure of being watched by my parents was a rare feeling that I didn't get to experience often as a child. And it dawned on me that I became less and less interested in trick or treating as I grew up because I could just as easily go out unsupervised as a young adult any old night, not just Halloween.


HI-DIDDLY HO THEIR TRICK-OR-TREAT-ORINOS!

But what did I go as you ask? Every year between the ages of six and nine, I probably went out to trick or treat. One night I wen as a firefighter during a brief phase thinking I wanted to be one when I grew up. The next year, I went as a power ranger, which I'm sure everyone has done at least once in their life. The last costume I remember having was some sort of ronin/samurai costume. Beyond those, I may have worn something during high school to celebrate but those costumes weren't worn again past that. Nowadays, I'm sure everyone would much rather make their own costume since store bought costumes can be dodgy and expensive. I should know, I worked in a Halloween store once.

I've also just realized that the month of October just ended and that means I should write out the Write Stu-FUUUUUUU, I don't wanna! I'm already editing the Fapcast!

I started these caps at work on my iPod, feeling ok. As I finish them at home after work, I must admit, the cold I caught this Sunday is just eating away at me. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I'm sick as a plague ridden dog. Saturday, during my Finn and FP's Big Disney Adventure, we got on the Grizzely River Rapids ride. Rapids are rushing, white water rapids that splash every which way. We got soaked. It was 4pm. We dried off in an hour but we spent an hour soaked. Being soaked for an hour at 4pm is probably why I have cold. Or maybe it's crippling paralysis. I forget, but all I know is that SCREW THESE CAPS! I'M GOING TO SLEEP!

Happy Halloween assclowns!

* - Manchild is going to write eloquently for November or die trying!

* - MASKS ARE GREAT (paid for by the corporate executives of Halloween Inc.)

* - Nekobun shines light on a great horror about interpretation, Home

* - Halloween tips for the newb, courtesy of Steve Hansen

A - Slappy Cap moved to Hawaii and drew comparisons to Mario Sunshine

A - Manwithnoname treads on the well-treaded idea that reviews are an opinion, not a guideline

A - crackedbat calls bullshit on AC3's review aggregation on GameRankings. But Jim Sterling comments and add context from Hurricane Sandy

P - Taco Tues Episode 3: The Halloween special

P - This episode of Secret Moon Base guest stars Nihil! WHOA!

P - Lower Tier Podcast is out! Listen or abandon all hope!





I - Instead of a super proper introduction, ANIMEniac starts off with a top 5 of satisfying deaths

H - Xaeius wants to thank everyone, as long as they're Destructoid

R - Tenshi does a little amateur review on Dokuro

T - Euphorbus adds context to Sleeping Dog's jiang-shi

R - Heavan109 uses MATH to tell us why Black Cops 2 is better than the first Black Cops

T - LoonyWoman picspams us with her Minecraft sky castle! Great castle!

R - Kudo compiles a spooky compilation of spooky reviews from XBLIG in a spooky manner! Also, House of Cockroaches sounds hilarious

M - kingsharkboi does his rendition of an Okami song on piano

M - The Protag returns in another in his series of win-filling music blogs





F - SOON


~ StriderHoang


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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.

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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