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Howdy folks! Don't have much to talk about this week. I've still been addicted to Animal Crossing and Spelunky for the most part.

Speaking of Spelunky, it's really starting to frustrate me lately. Maybe it's just bad luck or I'm not paying enough attention, but it seems like close to half of my playthroughs are disrupted by shopkeepers suddenly becoming enraged by enemies or environmental hazards that I seemed to have no control over. This also seems to happen mainly in the Black Market, which makes sense because there's so many shopkeepers there, but it's still very frustrating. Usually this will happen when a viper decides to spit on a shopkeeper, or a tribesman that I didn't see attacks me and the shopkeeper from afar, but sometimes I won't even know what happened. One time, I detonated a powder box on the opposite side of the level from the shop, and the explosion caused a broken arrow to fly all the way over, makes its way into the shop somehow, and hit the shopkeeper. I had no idea what had angered him until I went over to the shop and found the broken arrow lying by the back of the shop. That instance was just bad luck for sure (who could have predicted that would happen?), but stuff like that just seems to happen way too often to me.



I haven't managed to even make it back to Olmec for almost two weeks now, let alone make it to Hell again. I did manage to defeat the Alien Queen finally, and grab the Plasma Cannon, which was a first for me. I killed myself with it in the very next level, but at least I got it for once.

I keep telling myself I'm going to take a break from Spelunky since it's angering me so much with the temperamental shopkeepers, but I keep playing it every day anyway. My bad luck is sure to change sometime, right?

* - Voltech thinks he might be playing Grand Theft Auto the wrong way, even though he's having fun doing it. What do you think?

* - Phil gives us an update with the good and the bad of his family's financial situation, along with a final push for funds. Help him out!

A - ManWithNoName asks, how can the Steam Box justify its existence?

A - RadRaccoon was able to get in the zone while playing some simple portable games.

A - MiB has some thoughts on Metal Gear Solid, the game that changed his outlook on video games.

S - ScottyG had a lot of fun at PAX, but unfortunately he lost his black Yoshi :(

F - Friday Night Fights on PC + DAFOE!

F - Friday Night Fights on PS3 + New games!

F - Friday Night Fights on 360 + Grand Theft Auto!

F - Friday Night Fights on Nintendo + Romance!

T - Nanbu helped take down a mighty dragon in Guild Wars 2!

T - Ocified Xboxer is overjoyed by the lack of clicking in Diablo 3 on PS3!

D - Weekly progress report for DecadeDesign's upcoming game.

$ - September 20th UK releases and bargains!

V - GlowBear awkwardly plays video games!

C - A random update and thoughts on a Cracked article.



No fails today! Huzzah!



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