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The name is El Rhino, as in the Mother effin Rhino Man.
I am a 20-something wanna be game designer. That means I have a degree in game design, and I sort of work in the industry, just not the position that I want.

I want to be a 3d Modeler and a Texture Artist. I can dabble with a bit of level design also.

I currently work as a game tester, where I have tested several games from browser based flash games, to 360, to iPhone.
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I will start with a question, and then talk about why I am asking it.
What XBox 360 games should I be playing to get caught up with the new releases? I know several awesome games have came out over the past few years, and I need help figuring out which ones I should play.

With the question out of the way, I should inform any interested parties on why I am asking this. I am not new to video games, or even the XBox 360 for that matter. I have actually been playing the 360 sence shortly after its release. In that time I managed to get my first 360 stolen, along with some of its games. Going down the line I finally worked enough forced overtime to be able to buy a new 360! Things were great. I was able to play (and complete) Bio Shock, Mass Effect, and Assassins Creed, as well as playing a few others here an there. Then the unthinkable happend, my house was broken into and all my games and the 360 were stolen, again. Fast forward to now and I end up having an extra 300 bucks, so I get a new 360 (the sexy black elite).

My points is I have missed out on a lot of gaming over the past few years, and I want to get caught up on the great games. I am on the poor side at the moment, which is why I want to focus on mostly 'older' games, because I can get them used for alot more than new games.








OMG I cannot wait!
Looks like its going to be like a 'nutty professor' movie, 1 actor for all the parts!
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Way back in March of 2007 Ben Mallahan, of Ben Makes Movies set forth with a mission, to put gamers on tv. He filmed a spec pilot with a hope that some tv executive would like what they saw, and would put gamers on TV. Ben has been down to LA making deals for the show, but currently it is on hold because of that little writer strike thing. On the official page for put gamers on tv says that "Now that things are officially on hold down in LA, there is nothing keeping my back from releasing the original spec pilot for everyone to see". So in all its glory, the trailer for Put Gamers ON TV.









You’ve all heard the term “red ring of death”. It’s now more common than the “blue screen of death” among the masses. But is this really a problem caused an overheating issue like we are lead to believe, or is it something more sinister?

When the Xbox 360 first came out, did anyone have this problem? Perhaps a few, but at first, this was not as common as it has been in the past 6 months or so. And recently Microsoft officially announced there was a problem, causing the “Red Rings of Death”. I am not 100% sure but I think this was the first time that Microsoft wanted the general public to know and care about this problem. They tried to use this as a selling point that their machines would be covered for 3 years.

But what I am trying to get at is that it wasn’t until recently where Microsoft wanted people to know about the Red Rings of Death. Why would they at first say it is not a problem, then this summer admit there is a problem causing the Red Rings of Death? The answer is simple, the first $ 1.15 billion dollar advertisement in the history of video games. This built in advertisement which doubles as a hardware problem was envisioned for none other than Halo 3.

Wait what? What I am suggesting here is that Microsoft purposely designed the Xbox 360 to have 4 lights that light up. Throughout the years I’ve seen 2 lights light up red many times. And in recent months, many people have been getting 3 lights to light up, and a lot. As we are moving closer and closer to the Halo 3 release, the rings, or “halo” if you will, built into your Xbox 360 is coming closer to completion.

Is it really that hard to believe? Look at the Halo 3 logo:

That looks a lot like the 3 red rings to me!

What about individually? Take this picture, part of a broken Halo.

Does that not look similar to one of the lights on the 360?

What about all 4 rings, does it look similar to something we have seen before?

This is one of the biggest marketing campaigns every. They built an advertisement into a gaming system’s hardware.
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Brother Killers Brother in Video Game Dispute
Apparently some stupid 13 year old had an argument with his 16 year old brother about some video game, and stabbed him!

At least the article does the appropriate thing and says "i don't think it was the actual game", instead of blaming this incident on violence in video games.
I sure hope the game they were playing was Brittany's Dance Beat because I honestly would probably kill my brother if he was hogging the xbox to play that.








While not directly related to gaming, I feel this belongs here.
For one Doritos has long been part of my gaming ritual, and eating the X13D flavor they had for a while complimented playing gears of war online.

Back to the topic, “Smokin' Cheddar BBQ Doritos”.
Initially it tastes like a regular BBQ chip but with less intense flavor. Then you eat a couple more and its just kind of a weird feeling. BBQ and Cheddar flavoring do not necessarily go hand in hand unless there is some meat slapped in there somewhere. The combination of flavors left me hungry for a real BBQ, but that was just not an option. I put the bag down thinking bad flavor.
However that is where the chips take a different take on me. As soon as i put that down and though, wow what a disappointment, I quickly felt the need to eat another. So I did, and for some strange reason, the flavor I originally thought was a little on the bland side, now actually tastes very good. While to me it is still strange to get this BBQ taste on a tortilla chip instead of a potato, I now welcome this new addition of one of my favorite gaming snacks.

Let’s not stop at just the taste. There is one huge thing products need to do right in order for people to buy it, a good package. This Doritos bag is more blah than most, there is not much screaming to you to grab it. But that is sort of why i grabbed it, it was not trying to be the show it blended in, however knowing that it blended in i soon realized it was not nacho cheese or cooler ranch.

Someone at the Doritos PR team sure did a good job here.

In conclusion, go try these but given then a little bit of a chance first.