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'Magnet School: Introduction to a New Blog Series

This blog�s handful of occasional readers may have noticed that, over the past few months, little content has been posted here apart from weekly Obscurer Tribune issues. There is a reason for this. It has little (if anything) to do with �real life got in the way� or �I just needed a break� or any of the usual reasons why a writer might take an occasional, temporary step back. Truth be told, I have not �stepped back� at all.

Ladies and gentlemen of Destructoid, I have been busy.

Anyone who bothers to read the seemingly-throwaway opening and closing blurbs tacked on to the Tribune already knows that I�ve been up to something, though a number have probably wondered whether this clandestine �project� would ever actually see daylight � well, if you can believe it, the wait is over. My next (non-Tribune) post within this space will be its first �official� entry.

Before that, however, I want to take a brief opportunity to set the stage: this is the biggest endeavor I�ve yet attempted on this site, and I want to get all the exposition out of the way in one fell swoop before it begins in earnest. My fellow DToiders, I present to you my new blog series: �Magnet School.

Well, I think that�s more or less all you need to know about �Magnet School, and my aspirations for it � once the series begins in earnest next week, I very much hope that you enjoy it, and that you�ll feel free to share any questions you might have with me.

�hm? Sorry, what�s that? Oh, silly me � yes, I did say that each �curriculum� would be centered around a certain genre, but forgot to mention which one I�d be starting things off with.

Then again, if you�ve been paying a little bit of attention lately, you should already know.

See you in class next Monday.
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About BulletMagnetone of us since 9:04 PM on 10.04.2008

Thanks kindly for paying my blog a visit.

I'm currently looking for paid writing gigs, so if you might want anything written shoot me a message (craighats at hotmail dot com).

In case the contents of this blog don't make it obvious enough, I have something of an affinity for slightly "offbeat" titles, so if there's something out there that few others cover, there's a fair chance I'm at least somewhat up on it.

If there's any sort of (reasonable) inquiry you'd like me to address, please don't hesitate to be in touch.

Below are a handful of recaps and other links (oldest listed first by section), in case you're interested - asterisks mark promoted articles.


'Magnet School


Curriculum: Puzzle Games

Course 1: Ochige 101
Course 2: Tossology
Course 3: Ochige 201
Course 4: Phys. Ed
Course 5: Ochige 301 (Adv.)
Course 6: Free Elective
Course 7: Ochige 401 (Hon.)
Course 8: Extra Credit
Graduation Speech



King of Fighters: Orochi Saga
Ar Tonelico II - Part 1 and Part 2
Prinny and Street Fighter IV
King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match
Nintendo DS
*King of Fighters XII
How-To: Atelier Annie
How-To: Mushihime-sama Futari


The Forgotten Essentials

Part 1: RPGs
Part 2: Shmups
Part 3: Fighters
Part 4: Puzzlers


The Obscurer Tribune



Monthly Musings/Writers Wanted

The Fear: The End
*A Time to Destroy: I Cast Thee Out
*Expanded Universes: Triple Triad X
*Those About to Die: Nocturne's Demons
*Untapped Potential: The Second Dimension
*I Suck at Games: and I'm Here to Help
*The Forgotten: Real Life
*Love/Hate: The Weirdo, The Wall, and The Beast
*The Future: A Refreshing Cup of Hemlock
*More Than Just Noise: Digital Cheese LIVE
East vs. West: Where The Old Gods Dwell
Resolutions: Fresh Flowers
Collaboration: IF Only...
Violence: The Gatekeepers


Assorted Ramblings

Why Am I Here? (intro)
Non-Portable Portable Gaming
Hating the Unhateable
*Soul Bubbles, Mickey Mouse, Journey of the Self
Dreamcast: The Other Shmup Machine
One-Year Anniversary Reflections
Shmups: Gaming's EOE


Non-DT Writing


Saturn Shooter Rundown
PS1 Shooter Rundown
PS2 Shooter Rundown
Shmups 101
Shmups That Defined the Genre
"Hidden Gem" Shmups


Shadow Hearts


Unofficial Shmup Glossary (shmups.com, WIP)
My Backloggery (Warning: Inherent Shamefulness May Be Too Intense for Some Readers)