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I'm sure that many of you have seen the new "You Mom Hates Dead Space 2" commercial that EA started airing this weekend. I know that there are a lot of people out there who really liked this commercial, but I have to admit that I was completely disgusted by it. Every time I think the video game industry is finally takes steps forward to being viewed as a legitimate form of entertainment that people take seriously and don't laugh at, shit likes this comes along and forces us to all take a step backwards.

To the rest of the world, this commercial just makes it seem like people who play video games, like Dead Space 2, are all immature freaks who just want to play games to piss off their mothers. It doesn't talk about the incredible gameplay, stellar graphics, or horrifying spine tingling moments that make you want to jump out of your seat. It simply tries to sell the game based on how cool you will be because your parents will hate it. EA is just trying to sell this game to the lowest common denominator and it fucking disgusts me.

I feel like I'm in a constant battle to try and make other people, who don't play games, understand that I'm not "wasting my life away" when I tell them my hobby is playing games. When a commercial like this comes along though, it just makes my argument completely mute. Thanks a lot EA for fucking us all over with your shitty ass commercial. It's nice to know you think the best way to sell your product is to try and make people think it's cool to sicken their mothers with the games they play. Give me a mother fucking break!

Ok that's enough of me and my soap box for one week. Let's get on with the recaps shall we.

*-Michael Carusi lists his five big gameplay clichés of the 2000's.

*-Wrenchfarm talks about online gaming and how to lose with grace.

*-Epic 8-bit Art: Live @ MAGfest Edition Wrap Up.

*-Funktastic posts another fantastic edition of his "A Compulsive Collector's Haul" series, this time updating us on the last 5 months of collecting he's done.

*-Occams Electric Toothbrush shows us some of the crazy stuff he's collected.

A-Jc83 shares his thoughts on the PS3 from his perspective as a late adopter.

M-2010 Sucked: FFXIII nuked the fridge

M-2010 Sucked: God of War: Ghost of Sparta got handheld GOTY?

M-2010 Sucked: Broke Assness.

M-2010 Sucked: Heavy Rain's Polarizing Effect.

M-2010 Sucked: Kinda [I Was a Teenage Gamer - 011 - 16/01/2011]

P-Zero Cool Podcast Episode 15 is recording this weekend. Get your questions in now.

E-Enter Myoga's contest to win a copy of Dawn of War II: Retribution.

E-This is your chance to play Lord of the Rings Online free with your Dtoid buddies.

S-Myoga lets us know how things have been stabilizing in his life, but how he has a huge decision to make.

C-Jomonoe wishes his real life self could change the world.

C-I'm pretty sure that Chris Bradshaw wrote more in the comments than he did in the actual blog itself.

I-Ladydrell83 introduces herself to the Dtoid community. Everyone go and say hello.

I-Pedrron introduces himself to the community and tells us how 2011 could be Wii's best year ever!

I-soJtuna introduces himself to the Dtoid community, so go and say hello!

T-SteezyXL shares his random thoughts on a multitude of games.

T-Jorgan Vonstrangle wants to know why you aren't playing Dream Cherry on the NES.

T-Nathsies thinks that Microbot had the makings of being a much better game than is actually is.

T-Onyx Oblivion tells us how he loves RPGs, but hates "role-playing".

T-Brother Yoshi tells us why he liked Sly 2 a lot more than Sly 3.

T-MathewRD let's Sony know that they are going to be hacked, so deal with it.

R-Manasteel88 reviews the Xbox Live Indie Game Figment.

R-Michael Carusi reviews Castlevania: Lords of Shadows.

M-AlphaDeus once again amazes us all with his piano playing skillz!

R-DimmuJed didn't know what to write about ... so he wrote this instead.

F-This blog fails because the person writing it likes FF13.

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