The Dtoid community's best blogs of March 2015!


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So March has come and gone and, to be honest, it was a very sexy March. It was the kind of month that, for an RPG gamer like me, at least, starts to lose the will to resist buying a current-gen console. With Persona 5, Illusory Revelations, (SMTxFE) and Xenoblade Chronicles X on the horizon and Bloodborne sitting pretty next to Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, I'm starting to have a hard time saying "no" now. Knowing The Witcher III and Metal Gear Solid V loom in the distance as well, along with Zelda Wii U, just makes it all the more compelling. 

Then you have 3DS still kicking ass and taking names. More Etrian Odyssey this year, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Majora's Mask, Etrian Mystery Dungeon, Devil Survivor 2 Break Record, and we were just teased again with Fire Emblem If. Nintendo is giving a lot of love to Fire Emblem this gen and I, for one, will not complain about that. The attention is long overdue. As much as I like Advance Wars, it lacks that sense of high stakes that Fire Emblem has and I'd take FE over AW any day for that reason alone. You screw up, people die in FE; you screw up in AW and, oh well, you can just buy a new unit. 

With Bloodborne's arrival we see, once again, those people that have to be THOSE people about a From Software game, from the "git gud" crowd to the "It's not for everyone" folks and the "OMG artificial difficulty" ones as well.

I'm from the "It's not for everyone" faction, minus the sneering elitism. I find the games From Software designs -- particularly those of the Souls series and now Bloodborne -- produce reactions that are only going to be familiar to those who grew up without the internet (or still do) in our games, mostly back to the 8-bit and 16-bit era where the only ways to disseminate information about those games was through friends or magazines, through aggregating findings over a school lunchroom table and sharing maps or notes scribbled on graph paper. This was part of how we made our way through games like Metroid or The Legend of Zelda

That and you always had that friend who lied to you about some of the secrets hidden in the game. Still, getting information this way was the only way you'd even find out that you could electrocute Dragon using the grapple beam in Super Metroid in 1994, outside of a magazine.

Through a very specific design -- which includes chopping up the story and spreading it all over the world for you to find, shutting off voice chat, and leaving hints or lies for others to find -- From Software recreates this very '80s to early '90s console gaming experience within the worlds of Dark Souls and Bloodborne. I'm isolated from gathering information as I would in other games, forced to talk to other people out of these games and possibly trade notes. Granted, this can be done online now, but even so it's kind of exciting and a world apart from other big games. People get to have part of the '80s and '90s experience again and this time it's not just all about retro graphics.

Not everyone is going to understand that if they grew up having internet all the time and feel naked without it -- but for those of us that grew up without access or are still out out in the boonies where 56k is still the best it gets, this does bring back memories of those times and it plays its own role behind the hype you see for the game. That's where my "not for everyone" thing comes from. 

I'm also totally trying to bait you into doing the new Band of Bloggers theme for April, by the way. It's about From Software games! 

Let's recap March!

- Pixielated 

Promoted Blogs

*Magnetic love in the digital domain by Stephen Turner
**Comments of the Week: Better check the clock... by Dreamweaver
**How historically accurate is Skyrim? Part 5 by RedHeadPeak
How games saved my classroom by TheGwailo
**Radio Dtoid LIVE from PAX East 2015 is happening! by Nanashi
The Dtoid community's best blogs of February 2015 by CblogRecaps
Doom 4 and the 10 unholy commandments by El Dango
Top 10(ish) Cool Video Game Ladies by Voltech
Comments of the Week: Alive once again! by Dreamweaver
Pain, perversion, and choice in Lisa: The painful RPG by wizardofradical
World War II Snipers – Videogames vs History by RedHeadPeak
Do not spend your tax refund at GameStop
 by Speilerdad
***109 Dtoiders drawn by Roberto Plankton (NSFW) by Roberto Plankton

*Originally published in February
**Originally published in January
***We're counting the FP post about Roberto's Dtoider drawings as a promoted blog, though his actual blog was not "promoted" due to formatting issues.

Dtoid 9th anniversary: 9 Dtoiders

Cold William and the Nifty Nine +1 by Cold William
9 Dtoiders I'd Like To F**k by Mike Martin
Dtoid's Ninth Anniversary: Scield's List of Nine by Scield
Solar Pony Django's Top 9 Dtoiders - The Random Musical by Solar Pony Django
Occam Thoughts: 9 by Occams
Dtoid's 9th: My 109 French Girls by Roberto Plankton

Forums: HammerSharkShinobi13BrightsidePk fireIsay IsayJackShadow

Monthly Musings: Hello Hyrule! Majora’s March

Majora march: Rediscovering  Termina – Just as good as before by Agent9
Hello Hyrule: Taking the Wind (Waker) Out of Zelda's Sails by GoofierBrute
Bloggers Wanted: Majora's March - how I learned to love Majora's Mask by Noir Trilby
Majora March: Lend Me Your Ears by Preposterous Whitey
MAJORA MARCH: The Most Disturbing Man in the Moon by N0signal
Link as a Girl (Thoughts and some Fanfiction) by Rico the Penguin
Ooh, what’s over there?! #2: She sells sea shells by the cell-shaded sea  by ShadeOfLight

Recap Team Favorites

Alphadeus provides sexy music for robotic ears and drops some serious poetry as well. Meanwhile, Bardley shares some strange literary classics from his days as a librarian and Brionic429 talks about the troubles of sequels.

Cannibal Steven blobs the blob about videogame consumerism. Buy more! Consume! Blob! Interestingly, Carlogan pines for the days when he played and savored each game he got. I think The Blob got him, though.

Charlietime was a busy guy this month. He told us about the time he got Digital Devil Saga, has a really bad day salvaged by becoming a dildo-bat-swinging president of the United States thanks to an upstanding community member. He also sticks Final Fantasy XV in a box to test quantum physics. This is because people can't decide if the Square Enix they knew is alive or dead.

Chist continues to suffer by watching terrible movies starring Justin Bieber while Cokie The Clown gives us important life lessons from Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

Ben Davis has a jukebox that emits rainbows. TheDustinThomas shares his flea market finds and his Top 5 PS2 gamesEmuishare celebrates The Legend of DragoonEdgeL starts the Bundling Idiot series and EdgyDude shows what happens when Saint Seiya and consoles collide.

TheGwailo drops a fascinating read about the Bartle Test and talks about how he applied it to his teaching. I'm an Explorer/Socializer!

Gray Times talks about how Luigi kinda ruined his childhood. Handy more or less declares 8th gen gaming 7th Gen 2.0 RemasteredIt's About To Get Gay In Here destroys Termina, denounces anti-vaxxing monsters, and talks about a Dtoid NARBB.

Johnmasterlee talks about Xcar, King Sigy gets linear and our earthbound Meanderbot feels heroic.

Mr. Andy Dixon acknowledges community volunteers. D'awww.

Mistic has an infectious love of racing games. Nanashi shares his PAX East adventuresNihil interviews Mike Martin and Scield about their jobs and Ooktar shares what's been going on in his life.

Pixielated honors the generosity of Republicans who want to give away gaming conventions to other US States. Rico The Penguin ponders if spoilers matter or not. Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's dad, Aerith dies, Samus Aran is a woman, J.R. got shot, and the cake is a lie.

Panzadolphin was painted up like one of those French girls by Roberto Plankton, who drew 109 of us. Embrace the eldritch horrors we have become.

Retrofraction also gives us a personal updateThe Scholarly Gamer updates his friendly Dtoid gaming master list and got a new job. He was also tired of being sick of being tired. Meanwhile, SevenIrreverent figured out why he doesn't finish games.

ShadeOfLight just did a lot of things. Contests, Xenoblade Chronicles, trying to steal Ben's jukebox, and that Nintendoid thing. SeymourDuncan17 showed us his cave, some Persona 5 fan art, and the games that will define 2015 for him. StriderHoang shares his favorite ninjas and thoughts on Fapcast, anime, and waifus.

Stupid Name Guy discusses Hideo Kojima's seemingly inevitable departure from Konami, its implications on the industry, and then slips in a Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne reference. SpielerDad fears evil rabbits and explains why retailers toss out perfectly good stuff.

Titannel writes an introduction and talks about the  Nokia N-GageUsurpMyProse prefers the life of a monster hunter to that of a Pokémon trainer. Brittany Vincent chills with Kid Cudi's "Immortal" and Voltech wasn't really feeling it when Dragon Age: Inquisition lacked the fun party chatter Xenoblade Chronicles had in spades. Let's not lose our 'eads, though!

Wizardofradical has a brother in prison. Through writing to each other about games, they're able to look past their differences and bond again. Wizard is also a part-time cyberpunk bartender at VA-11 HALL-A, All-Father be praised.

Zer0tonin recaps his 2014 gaming experienceZalno totally has a legit leak from a friend that works at Nintendo and that is all the topsauce from March!

 - The Cblog Recap Team

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