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Name: Shawn
Age: 34
Location: Raleigh, NC


*Senior Writer at GamerLimit.com.

*Follow me on Twitter: Shawne1979

*Official member of the Cblogs Recap team.



Systems Currently Owned:
- PS4, 3DS, XBOX360, PS3, PSPgo, PS2, Wii, GameCube, DS, SNES, NES

Games I'm Currently Playing:
- Random Stuff

Game Reviews:
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
- Metroid: Other M
- Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
- God of War 3
- Blaster Master Overdrive
- Dark Void
- Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
- LEGO Rock Band
- Borderlands (PC)
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
- Dead Space: Extraction
- Darkest of Days
- The Beatles: Rock Band
- Shadow Complex
- Shatter

Front Paged
1) The Start of the Affair: Civilization
2) Feel the Hatred: The onslaught of Fall/Winter game releases
3) Halo-Life: Call of TurokShock - The Best FPS you Never Played

My Favorite Entries
1) My introduction post. Get to know me if you dare!
2) The Dragon's Den - My Gaming Setup
3) The Dragon's Lair - My New Office
4) The 12 Days of Destructoid Christmas

When it comes to video games I am obsessive-compulsive about beating them. If I start a game I must finish it. No matter how bad, or how hard it is I will not rest until the ending credits have rolled across the screen. Like Bruce Hornsby says ... that's just the way it is!

Games Beaten Recently (in chronological order):
- The Walking Dead S2: Ep 2
- Transistor
- The Walking Dead S2: Ep 1
- Wolfenstein: The New Order
- Shovel Knight
- Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
- Rayman Legends
- Fire Emblem: Awakening
- Strider
- Infamous: Second Son
- Titanfall
- Broken Age (Part 1)
- Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
- Guacamelee
- The Stanley Parable
- DMC: Devil May Cry
- Papers, Please
- The Walking Dead: 400 Days
- Gone Home
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
- Super Mario 3D World
- The Swapper
- Need for Speed: Rivals
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- Killzone: Shadow Fall
- Resogun
- Hotline Miami
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Super Mario 3D Land
- Saints Row IV
- Rogue Legacy
- Saints Row: The Third
- The Last of Us
- God of War: Ascension
- Aliens: Infestation
- AntiChamber
- Tomb Raider
- The Room
- Bioshock Infinite
- Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm
- Bastion
- Far Cry 3
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown
- Assassin's Creed 3
- Mark of the Ninja
- The Walking Dead: Episode 5
- Spec Ops: The Line
- Halo 4
- The Walking Dead: Episode 4
- Need for Speed: Most Wanted
- The Walking Dead: Episode 3
- Borderlands 2
- The Walking Dead: Episode 2
- Darksiders 2
- Dust: An Elysian Tale
- Resistance 3
- Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
- The Walking Dead: Episode 1
- SSX
- From Dust
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations
- Diablo 3
- Fez
- Journey
- Mass Effect 3
- Batman: Arkham City
- Gears of War 3
- Rayman Origins
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
- Bulletstorm
- Dead Space 2
- Portal 2
- Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
- Donkey Kong Country Returns
- Back to the Future: Episode 1
- Ghostbusters: The Video Game
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
- Enslaved: Pigsy's Perfect 10
- Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
- Call of Duty: Black Ops
- Dragon Age: Origins
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
- Halo: Reach
- Metroid: Other M
- Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty
- Super Mario Galaxy 2
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
- Final Fantasy 13
- God of War 3
- Battlefield: Bad Company 2
- Bioshock 2
- Blaster Master Overdrive
- Mass Effect 2
- Dark Void
- Darksiders
- Assassin's Creed II
- Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
- Modern Warfare 2
- LEGO Rock Band
- God of War: Chains of Olympus
- Borderlands
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
- Dead Space: Extraction
- Halo 3: ODST
- Darkest of Days
- The Beatles: Rock Band
- Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
- Shadow Complex
- Resistance 2
- MadWorld
- Shatter
- Bionic Commando
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine
- Gears of War 2
- Beyond Good and Evil
- Dead Space
- Prince of Persia & Epilogue DLC
- Ratchet and Clank Future: Search for Booty
- Killzone 2
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Flower
- Fallout 3
- LEGO Star Wars: TCS
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
- Mirror's Edge
- Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
- Mega Man 9
- Mario Galaxy
- God of War 2
- Gears of War
- Metal Gear Solid 4
- Grand Theft Auto 4
- Bioshock
- Assassin's Creed
- Halo 3
- Forza Motorsport 2
- Mass Effect
- Heavenly Sword
- Ratchet and Clank Future: TOD
- Portal
- Resistance: FOM
- Metal Gear Solid 3
- God of War
- Metroid Prime 2

Backlog (Games I own but haven't played):
- Skyrim
- Forza 4
- Supreme Commander 2
- The Last Remnant
- Quantum Conundrum
- Hitman: Blood Money
- Rage
- Sleeping Dogs
- Civilization V
- The Binding of Isaac
- Far Cry 2
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- Brutal Legend
- Infamous
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Resident Evil 5
- The Longest Journey
- Just Cause
- Just Cause 2
- Half Life 2
- The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher's Bay
- The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
- Red Faction Guerilla
- Metroid Prime 3
- Dragon Age 2

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Two years ago I sat down and wrote a Christmas song dedicated to the entire Dtoid community which I entitled ďThe 12 Days of Destructoid ChristmasĒ. It's a spin of the famous Christmas song we have all heard many times before, but my version has a Destructoid inspired spin to it.

Next, I got the crazy idea to actually record myself singing this song. Iím not sure what I was thinking, because I do not have the best singing voice. Well afterwards I took the song and turned it into a music video and presented it to the entire community.

Last year I made a few slight changes to the song and posted it again for all to see. Well it's once again Christmas Day, so Iíve decided to bring it back one more time to share with all of you once again. Since a lot of you werenít around the last two years, this will be your first time hearing and seeing it. I really hope you all enjoy it. I put a lot of love into this song to give back to a community which I enjoy so much being a part of.

MERRY CHRISTMAS DESTRUCTOID!











So Ö I have really BIG news I wanted to share with everyone here in the Dtoid community. I took that next big step in my life this past weekend and asked my girlfriend Nicki to marry me. Unfortunately she was crying too many happy tears to answer me when I asked the first time, but after asking again she said ďYESĒ, which means I am now officially engaged. You can just think of her as the future Mrs. SilverDragon. :-P

If youíve been readying my community blog, or any of my weekend recaps, over the past 2+ years, Iím sure youíve heard me talk about Nicki. Weíve been dating for close to three years now, and I have to admit that video games have actually played a pretty important role in our relationship. When I first met her, probably 7 or 8 years ago, I attempted to impress her with my awesome Super Mario Bros. skills by playing the game while she was studying with my roommate for a test. Unfortunately that didnít work, and it would be a while before I could actually convince her to go on a real date with me.

When we finally did go on our first date, we ended the night by going back to her place and playing Mario Kart: Double Dash on the Gamecube. I bet her that I could beat her, and if I did I would get a kiss. Well she actually kicked my ass, but somehow I ended up getting my kiss anyways: our first kiss. I had to admit that I was pretty impressed to find out on that first date that she had played and beat quite a few video games. She wasnít obsessed with the hobby like I was, but she enjoyed them enough to understand why I played them so often.



Well itís been many years since Nicki and I first started dating, and weíve had a lot of good times together. There have been some bad times as well, but weíve always worked through those as a couple and come out stronger because of it. I now know without a shadow of any doubt that she is the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with. That might sound a little sappy, but I donít care, because love makes the most manly men sappy, including me.

Unfortunately, I do have some bad news. As Iím sure many of you know, getting engaged is not exactly cheap. Because I did it so close to PAX, Iíve had to cancel all of my PAX plans and cannot afford to go this year to meet you all. I really wish I could, as I was really looking forward to seeing and partying with everyone, but itís just not going to be possible. Iím really sorry guys. Please donít hold it against me! I hope you all have fun though, and hopefully we can meet at PAX 2011.

So now itís time to plan a wedding. Somehow I have to convince Nicki to let me put Sonic and Mario on the wedding cake. Not sure how thatís going to go over with her, but weíll see. Wish me luck Ö.
Thanks for listening guys. Iím really happy to be able to share this news with you all!

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So maybe going to E3 isnít a ďlifelongĒ dream for me, since E3 has only been around for 15 years and Iím 30 years old, but itís damn close enough. You need to understand that as far back as I can remember, Iíve always wanted to go to E3 and be one of the first people to play the tons of games that are revealed there. Iíve always yearned to sit in the actual Nintendo press conference as Miyamoto announces a new Zelda or Mario game; to cheer and scream with the rest of the crowd as if our wildest dreams had just come true.

Ok, maybe Iíve gotten off to a quick start here. Have I mentioned Iím going to E3 in two weeks? Maybe I didnít, but the title of my blog kind of says it all donít you think. Yes, after 2 long years of blogging on the Dtoid community Cblogs, and a full year of being a staff writer at Gamer Limit, Iíve finally been given the opportunity to go to E3 as a member of the video game press. To say Iím excited is an understatement. I mean essentially my two favorite weeks of the entire year are the week of E3 and the first week of the NCAA Menís Basketball Tournament.

For 15 years Iíve sat hunched over my computer for the entire week of E3, absorbing every piece of video game knowledge coming out of the show that I can. Iíve gawked at all the incredible videos, giggled at the awesome developer interviews, and practically leaped out of my seat every time a new game was announced. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be able to go, especially when they decided in 2006 to downsize the convention. For a long time after that, people thought the show was doomed to become a ghost town, causing my hopes of ever going to be dashed forever.

Luckily, the ESA saw the error of their ways, and E3 has begun to return to its former glory. Luckily for me, this has happened right around the time I got hired on at Gamer Limit to be a staff writer. I always thought it would be incredible to write for a game website, but I never thought it would happen. I even came to Destructoid and started writing Cblogs just so someone might notice me and want to hire me, but it never happened. I eventually gave up and lost hope that it would ever happen, until one day I was approached by a fellow Dtoid community member who offered me the job at Gamer Limit. Now, because of Dtoid, and because of Gamer Limit, Iím finally getting the chance to go to E3 to fulfill this lifelong dream of mine.



So far it appears that Iíll definitely be going to the Nintendo Press Conference, and maybe the Sony Press Conference as well. Unfortunately though, I still donít know if Iíll be able to attend the Microsoft one. Iíve also been invited to see a couple exclusive game reveals, many of which I canít talk about now. Besides that, Iíll be in charge of playing and previewing the following list of games, which includes:

Force Unleashed 2
Gears of War 3
Dead Space 2
Rock Band 3
Star Wars: The Old Republic
God of War: Ghost of Sparta

Iíll of course try and play as many games as possible, but I really donít have a clue how many Iíll actually be able to play.

While Iím there I also hope to hit up a couple parties, the most important one being the Destructoid Party. This will be my first chance to finally meet the Dtoid staff, and hopefully many of the community members here who Iíve always wanted to meet. I donít know when it is, or if itís really happening for that matter, but it better be. Maybe Iíll finally get to meet Chad and give him a hug.

So yeah, can you guys tell Iím excited? Iíve been telling all my friends that Iím going, but none of them play games and they all think Iím a major dork for going to a video game convention. They simply donít understand, which sucks. I was hoping that by telling you guys at least I would be telling people who understand why Iím excited.

So anyways, if anyone cares, Iíll be posting lots of stuff on Gamer Limit during E3, and my twitter feed will be going crazy with show updates. If youíre interested, check it out. If anyone has any special requests for things I should do, games I should play, or people I should talk to, let me know.
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Last year I sat down and wrote a Christmas song dedicated to the entire Dtoid community which I entitled ďThe 12 Days of Destructoid ChristmasĒ. It's a spin of the famous Christmas song we have all heard many times before, but my version has a Destructoid inspired spin to it.

Next, I got the crazy idea to actually record myself singing this song. Iím not sure what I was thinking, because I do not have the best singing voice. Well afterwards I took the song and turned it into a music video and presented it to the entire community.

This year Iíve made a few slight changes to the song, and Iíve decided to bring it back to share with all of you once again. Since a lot of you werenít around last year, this will be your first time hearing and seeing it. I really hope you all enjoy it. I put a lot of love into this song to give back to a community which I enjoy so much being a part of.

MERRY CHRISTMAS DESTRUCTOID!


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Most of us here at Destructoid are pretty damn passionate about playing video games, and many of us have done some crazy things in the name of gaming. Weíve camped out in sub freezing temperatures to buy a console the day it came out. Weíve put on extravagant costumes and gone to conventions to show off our love for a certain game character. Weíve even flown half way across the world to meet a bunch of fellow gamers weíve only ever had contact with over the internet. Yep, I think itís safe to say weíve all done a lot of crazy thing thanks to our deeply rooted passion for gaming.

Another passionate group of gamers went out and created an online comic strip we all know as Penny Arcade, and over the past 5 years those guys have sponsored the Childís Play charity. Since its inception, the charity has raised over $5 million in donations for sick kids in childrenís hospitals throughout the world.

As many of you know, Iím a senior writer over at Gamer Limit.com. This year, the Gamer Limit staff have decided to put our passion for gaming to good use to help the Childís Play charity. To do this we have put together the Piece of Heart gaming marathon.

Starting at 5PM (CST) on December 4th (TODAY!) Gamer Limit staff members will convene at locations in both the United States and Australia for a 48 hour gaming marathon to help raise awareness and donations for Childís Play. Both locations will be hosting live video streams of both participants and game footage as the race each other through the majority of the Ratchet and Clank series. You can tune in at any time during the event to root your team on, participate in contests, and even listen in during the live recording of the Limit Cast (Gamer Limitís podcast).

You can go to THIS SITE and anytime to watch the live streams, chat with other viewers, and participate in the contests.



I was actually supposed to be at the U.S. marathon site to participate, but unfortunately I will not be able to make it. I was really looking forward to playing 48 straight hours of Ratchet and Clank, especially since I love the series so much. I will be watching online, and youíll be able to find me in the main chat room located on the live video stream page.

The event starts today at 5PM CST. Please join us as we try to raise money to help support the Childís Play charity. At any time, we encourage you to donate any spare cash to the cause. Every dollar goes towards making a sick child, somewhere in the world, smile for a little while with a game, book, or toy, and to relieve them from the pain and loneliness that being sick in hospital at such a young age brings.

All donations are handled via Chipin.com Ė meaning your generous gift goes directly to Childís Play. For more information on the charity, visit their webpage at ChildsPlayCharity.Org.

I know how awesome all you Dtoid members are, so hopefully you will find some time in your hectically busy lives to stop on by and say hi, and maybe donate to a great cause.
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So about a week and a half ago, I turned the ripe old age of 30 years old. While I was dreading reaching this ďover the topĒ age, I have to admit that it ended up being one of the best birthdays I have ever had. I have been meaning to share stories and post some pictures from the celebrations, but things have been crazy busy since then and I just havenít found the time. Well my life has finally slowed down just enough for me to right this blog, so sit back and enjoy as I tell you about what itís like getting old.

So for my birthday, my girlfriend Nicki and I decided to throw a huge party. Now when I say huge, Iím talking like 45 people, which for us is probably the largest party weíve ever thrown since we graduated college. Just for the record, the actual biggest party I ever threw was around 300 people back during my senior year of college. Now that was an epic party, but you know, it still wasnít as good as my 30th birthday party.

So what mainly made my party so great was that almost all my closest friends came, including my parents and my girlfriendís parents. That was actually the first time our parents ever met, and from what I can gather, it went well between them (fingers crossed!). Besides all the people, there was a TON of incredible food, which Nicki, our friend Mel, and I spent all day cooking. There were also a million desserts to choose from, including a pot of dark chocolate fondue we made.

Did I mention the beer, because there was a ton of beer. Besides a homebrewed keg of Belgian wheat beer my buddy Rhys made, we also had about 240 bottles of around 40 different types of beer. We also popped open a couple of bottles of wine and Champaign, but that was later in the night during a period I donít remember very well.



So gaming wise, for my birthday I got the Renegade Version of DJ Hero and Ghostbusters for the Xbox360. I also got a bunch of Best Buy and Target gift cards, which I plan to use to buy a bunch more games, like Assassinís Creed 2 and Dragon Age: Origins. Hopefully at some point soon Iíll actually find the time to play these games, but recently my life has been consumed by the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer. Iím just so good at killing fools that I canít seem to stop playing. :-P

Ok, so the final thing I want to tell you all about is the office prank my coworkers played on me for my 30th birthday. You may, or may not, remember this, but last year I completely tin foiled another of my coworkerís offices for his 40th birthday. Since then he has vowed to get me back. Well over the weekend he and a bunch of other people came in and blew up 600 individual balloons, which they piled into my office. They also threw confetti and glitter everywhere. When I got to work on Monday morning I was pretty dumbfounded.

Suffice to say, it took me all freaking day to clean up my office. What made it worse was that they put glitter and confetti in the balloons, so when I went to pop them, the shit went everywhere. The guys were at least nice enough to come in and vacuum it all off the floor.




The only thing that sucked about my 30th birthday was the hangover, and the fact I didnít get to meet Yojimbo. He was supposed to make it to my party so we could finally meet, but unfortunately family issues caused him to not be able to make it. Thatís totally cool, and I completely understand, but it would have been great to meet the guy and hang out. There are a ton of you out there who I would like to meet as well, but thatís just gonna have to wait until I can make it to PAX!

So to recap, turning 30 wasnít really bad at all. I expected it to be horrible, and instead it was one of the best birthdayís I ever had. Iím really an extremely lucky guy. I have an incredible girlfriend who loves me, a large group of friends who I really care about, and a great family who live right down the street.

Ok this turned out being much longer than I thought. If you actually read it all, more power to ya. For those of you who donít like to read, here are a bunch of pictures to look at.
















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