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C-Blogs of 04/15/2009 + Sykisms


Let me reel off a few of games I've been playing lately that you should also play.

Eternity's Child. Seriously, that patch really is a serious game changer from the legendary 1/10 it got from Dtoid. There are also some fantastic user created levels online born from a level design contest ahead of the WiiWare version's release.

Crystal Defenders. I hate tower defense games. I spent nearly 3 hours desperately trying to clear the first W1 map on this game. I didn't succeed, but I'm still determined to do it. Finally a tower defense game I can honestly say I like. Pixeljunk Monsters can fuck right off though.

Worms. It's fucking Worms. What more do I have to say?

Also I'm not a sort-of regular on the Negative Gamer podcast (the NGCast). We talk about games, porn and receding hairlines. In that order.

* - Topher gives us advance warning, he's trying to quit smoking
* - More from the Wasteland Diary, still good
* - Where are the true surprises in games these days?
* - Mushman's comment makes this topsauce, it sure as hell isn't anything to do with Michi's blog
* - A eulogy for Frank the Goomba
* - Wardrox is art

A - Castlevania 64 was excellent
M - Random Shapes, one of the best musings I've ever seen
M - The Colossi
M - Metal Gear Rex
S - AniWednesday, you know the drill

C - PsychoSoldier is giving away a Centaur, the Gears of War tank. Not the guy from the Old Spice ad

B - Happy Birthday Gibbo!
S - Tetris Attack had awesome music
S - Alex 'Dyson' Ryan is in Game Informer
S - Pics or it didn't happen
S - People thought my collection was good, this guy beat it in one month
S - I love these 'Games That Influenced Me' lists, here's Etirflita's

R - A few quick last gen reviews
R - Retro games are shite
T - Are fanboys the reason we don't have a 'Citizen Kane' game?
T - Hmm, Cannon Fodder revival?
T - This man played Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust. Pity him.

We're all uncultured bastards.

? - I think he's saying Rhythm Heaven is hard

F - This one's for the forums
F - CGI is not gameplay, just ask Sony
F - Sorry, nope.
F - My gamerscore is Over 9000. Seriously.


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