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C-blogs of 10-26-09 and Qalamarisms

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It's been quite a nice weekend for me... took it easy, played some games, dug out my old Star Wars Legos... I had quite the collection back when they first came out. Back then I was hugely into Star Wars because the "enhanced special editions" of the original movies had just been released in theatres, but George Lucas hadn't yet pooped on my childhood by unleashing Jar Jar upon the world. I was a little obsessed... I even bought the collector's edition Technic Tie Interceptor and X-Wing. These date back to before anyone ever thought of putting Legos in a videogame. Putting them together while watching old Mystery Science Theaters took about 15 years off my mental age this weekend. The only problem is, the pieces have all gotten jumbled up. It's worse than a jigsaw puzzle... it's the equivalent of about 20 jigsaw puzzles, in 3D, and a couple of them have pieces missing. There's not much that's more frustrating than to have a single piece missing on a model you've worked for an hour on. Ah well. Next time I visit home I can raid my brother's closet for replacement parts.


Lightsaber Batons: for the orchestra conductor... of the future.


*-Yes. Walkyourpath's Musing righteously tears the reviled Escort Mission the new one it so richly deserves.
*-Elsa raises a good point... why can't you send gifts via the Playstation store?
*-WanderingPixel wrote an article that could easily be tied into this month's Musing. It's about character progression-- or to be more specific, the lack thereof.


A-Oncomouse shares my penchant for buying used and waiting for price drops. Gaming is an expensive habit, best to mitigate that however you can, in my opinion.
A-Stevil wrote his dissertation on horror games. Yes, really. Part one is pretty good!
S-It's been a solid week for new releases. NihonTiger90 asks What'd you Get?
S-Tanukitsune removed Titan Quest and Bionic Commando from his stack of shrinkwrapped stuff.
M-Shinryu108's Musing looks at one constant we can all look forward to, the other being taxes.
P-Drunkcast records lucky episode 13 tonight.


Nope, nuthin'.


I-Greetings to doifX, who shares a pretty spiffy Phoenix Wright themed item, all the way from Finland. Welcome to Destructoid.
I-And please say hello to Psychomax, creator of Ozzie's Quest. Welcome!
I- Eaten by a Grue introduced himself today too, he's already been quite busy.
R-Once again, Aussie gamers have gotten the short end of the gaming stick. Skribble recounts his experience trying to download Borderlands from Steam last evening.


N-Double2 heard a rumor that Modern Warfare 2 might be less expensive than people are thinking, at least in Great Britain.
R- Messer wrote a love letter to Brutal Legend. I won't say that it's perfect, but I certainly enjoyed it from beginning to end.
T-Eaten by a Grue thinks more games should be inspired by literature.
T-Kraid likes Borderlands.
T-Musai sounds off on the Modern Warfare 2 PC dedicated server issue.
$-There's no better deal than "free." Chainsawface would like you to try a swingin' game called Teeworlds.


F-HAWP DVDs are beginning to surface in the wild.
F-For Mindf*ck Monday, Analoge is showing the cult classic Brazil.


L-The first in what will hopefully be a series by Geralog in which Sim versions of Morrissey and Ms. Haversham are forced to adopt, in her words, a "herd of toddlers".
V-P-dude and his friends made a Brutal Legend themed HAWP parody.


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