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Watching Destructoid’s site reformat has been an interesting process. It is coming along nicely but just when I think things are done something changes and looks even better or briefly breaks entirely – then it’s working again in a couple of hours.
We also lost a couple of blogging days to the void, links to the forum vanished and reappeared, others links led to dead ends and uploaded images got weird for a bit.
Konami seems to be a bit weird right now, except it feels like they’re literally abandoning all the games that made people love them. From removing Hideo Kojima’s name from his games, cancelling Silent Hills, delisting and removing P.T. from PSN – Konami has done all kinds of weird, disjointed and destructive things of late.
Konami is doing well in various markets they serve in Japan, but their relationship with their original gaming market and the studios that serve it have fallen into neglect to abandon, neglect or alienate the rest of their IPs and game development studios. One by one, it seems IPs beloved by Nintendo and Sony fans alike – such as Gradius, TwinBee, Contra, Castlvania, Silent Hill, Zone of the Enders as well as an entire catalogue of Hudson games Konami hold the rights to – have been gradually or hastily abandoned.
Now with the delisting and removal of P.T and the cancellation of Silent Hills, it seems Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be a final goodbye for many Konami fans in the west.
It’s disheartening. I revist many of Konami’s classics, sometimes on an annual basis. Symphony of the Night, Aria of Sorrow and Order of Ecclesia are my favorite Castlevania titles. MGS3: Snake Eater and Peace Walker are always worth a revisit. TwinBee has been a fixture on my 3DS close to the start of that system, as well as classic CVs available on PSN or Virtual Console.
The people running Konami don\’t seem to care much for that stuff anymore.
Still, it’s not like I need the company to carry these IPs on if others will take up the mantle and continue their legacy. Koji Igarashi has his new take on Castlevania coming, Mike Bithell is doing his own take on MGS: VR Missions with Volume and Resogun feels like the child of Gradius and Defender. Guacamelee, Axiom Verge and more have filled the “metroidvania” niche.
Indies have picked up many of the genres neglected by AAA. Sure, this upcoming “Igavania” might not have “Vampire Killer” or “Bloody Tears” playing in the background – but I\’d rather developers continue making what they and fans love than have every nostalgia itch scratched.
What a wonderful night to have a KS.
Let’s recap April!
– Pixie The Fairy
The Dtoid Community’s best blogs of March 2015 by CblogRecaps
The six best videogame tanks by SpielerDad
How historically accurate is The Witcher? by RedHeadPeak
My big takeaways concerning Amiibo by GoofierBrute
Blogger’s Wanted: April Fool’s
Not nerd, node by TheDustinThomas
Band of Bloggers: From Software, With Love
A Beginner’s Guide to the Souls Games by Fenriff
From Software, With Love: Find a happy place… by n0signal
From Software, With Love: Re-releases and Remasters by n0signal
Review: Bloodborne (PS4) by n0signal
Berserk: A major influence on Dark Souls by n0signal
(Can you tell n0signal really likes From Software?)
From Software, With Love – When Literary Criticism and Videogames Collide by TurboKill
From Software, With Love: The Tower by Ashamasha
From Software, With Love: Armored Core, 1997 PS1 demo disc version by Titannel
Band of Bloggers: What Does Bloodborne Say About RPGs and Action RPGs? by Riobux
From Software, With Love: Fear the Paleblood by SigfriedLion
From Software, With Love: Collect all the souls by Gamemaniac3434
*Madness as a mechanic: Lovecraft in Darkest Dungeon, Bloodborne and Sunless Sea by wutangclam
*Why I enjoyed Demon’s Souls more than Bloodborne by Busterofwar
**Band of Bloggers Recap for March 2015; Hello, Hyrule!
(* Topsauce added to Band of Bloggers because it discussed From Software and, thus, fit the BoB discussion. Feel special, you lucky bastards. ** Added because March\’s BoB Zelda recap fell into April.)
Comments of the Week
Comments of the Week: I just can\’t live without you
Comments of the week – Crazy Creations
Comments of the Week – Just another day
Cblog Recaps Podgasms April 2015
*Cblog Recaps Podgasms March 2015
(* Originally appeared in the March cblogs, but wasn’t recapped in the prior monthly, gonna start keeping the current and prior recaps in this section )
*Community Blog Analytics for March 2015
(* The site redesign seems to have dashed any hopes for Luna Sy to do the April edition, if that changes, we’ll update this accordingly. Until then, get caught up with March!)
Ten Things/Ask Me Anything
(* Andy got the this trending topic going in April and it looks to be continuing through May. Go post yours on the cblogs now!)
Recap Team Favorites
Agent9 tells us how he really feels about Amiibo and also recent community happenings. Arm Length Interviews looks at racism and stereotypes in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
Bardley gets virtual at his university. Cannibal Steven shows us the evil and consequences within his new photo album series and CelicaCrazed has a love/hate releationship with Mario Kart 8. TheDustinThomas finished Phoenix Wright Vs. Professor Layton much to the OBJECTION! of other games in his library..
He was once known as Its About To Get Gay In Here, but now Fake News (So You Cannot Sue) delves into the Indiana controversy. He also warns Goodwill of Guitargeddon.
Forgotten Bastion shows us the quicker, easier way to transfer your game data to the New 3DS. FlanxLycanth writes a consumer epic that would make Homer proud… but which one?
James Internet Ego discusses massively effective music and why the PR guy lies. Jawnuthan looks at Hover’s mixed priorities between its Kickstarter backers and Steam Early Access. Johney laments how Sony sent the PSTV out to die and Johnmasterleee talks about what its really like to make indie games.
LongJohn apologizes for being away. Lord Spencer tells us about the benefits of being an Arab gamer.
Maggit wants all the Easter Eggs in his belly! Mr. Andy Dixon steps down from his position as community manager, but still sits on this throne of boners.
Nanashi gives Wolfenstien: The New Order a Blaskowicztic BJ and then adds this shameless plug of PS Toid and Axiom Verge. The Nintendette wonders if Wii U and 3DS will be our final Smash and tells us how she bonded with her brother over games.
Test your might against Occams Electric Toothbrush and his licensed character picks for Mortal Kombat X. Drop a gil on 100Coins and his look at video game currencies. Marvel at Ooktar’s cool ass art prints! Also learn why OpiumHerz didn’t like it when someone changed a thing on a tombstone.
Do you pick fighting game characters by passion or tiers? Do you play for Fun or for Glory? OrochiLeona shares some favorite fighting game characters and the reasons for choosing them. OverlordZetta gets mighty, feels it\’s his destiny to buy DLC and would like to know what characters you would like to see in Smash Bros. now that it has that Smash Ballot thing.
Pixie The Fairy is intrigued that Illusory Revelations #FE for Wii U (formerly known as Shin Megami Tensei xFire Emblem) is more of a mash-up than the crossover fans were expecting. RedHeadPeak wants to have Jim Raynor over for dinner and wonders if video games will improve if machines conquer humanity.
Retrofraction announces he is working on documentary about the Destructoid staff. Riobux discusses risk, reward, Payday 2 and also the validity of short games.
ScreamAid shares a game music mix tape. SeymourDuncan17 tells us how Shin Megami Tensei and its spin-offs engage him in ways other RPG franchises do not and also relates some happy thoughts. Meanwhile, ShadeOfLight has been tapping in to Ben Davis’ jukebox again
Sonic429 heartsDestructoid and fighting games. SpielerDad tells us who has the best job in the world. You might not be happy after you find out who.
TenaciousDave wants to remind you that the Internet is not always a horrible place. Terry 309 gives you the extensive history of Star Ocean. Titannel shares the MegaCon 2015 experience!
Tonich composed music for a game that doesn’t exist. Voltech tells us why Bayonetta 2 is secretly brilliant. Whatsacow talks about why more games should be built around music. Wutangclan, which is for the the children, tells us how he once stole his favorite game.
And last, but certainly not least, Xeo tells us games need more heavy metal.
See you next time!
– The Cblog Recap Team