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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)