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I don't go to movies all that often, but my brother had an unexpected day off that corresponded to my own and it seemed like a shame not to take advantage of that. When the day came, it was a gray, angry, rainy day that seemed as though the sky would open up at any moment, so our options for an activity we could do together were somewhat limited. I suggested we could meet at a recently opened movie theatre and he agreed that sounded like the best course of action. The movie we ended up watching together was Denzel Washington's latest: The Book of Eli.

My friends, if you played and enjoyed Fallout 3 or its predecessors in the slightest, you owe it to yourself to see this movie. The visuals, the sense of desolation, and the tone of the story are damn near identical. I don't want to give away too much about it, though this being the internet, you may already have had the ending spoiled for you. I'll just say that I walked out of the theatre with two desires: I want to see the movie again, knowing what I learned near the end, and I wanted to play some Fallout 3. Anyone who's on my friends list on PSN knows I've been indulging in the latter at every available opportunity over the last week or so.


Dude must have the Grim Reaper's Sprint perk.

If you're interested in learning a little more about the movie, 1up's 4 guys, 1up podcast did an interview with the screenplay writer, Gary Whitta. It's quite interesting, especially if you think you might want to write for a living. Whitta's probably best known in our circles as the founder of PC Gamer magazine, and on the podcast he tells how he went from that to writing a post-apocalyptic adventure movie, among other projects. You can find the podcast behind this link, and then scroll down to the show from 12/04/09 with toon Link's head next to the description.

Right, enough of that, let's get to the recaps. Don't forget to find the Simpsons reference in today's post.


*-Ask not what you can do for Destructoid, tell Destructoid what it can do for you. If you have any suggestions, this is the place to share them.
*-Skribble knows you're playing the new Aliens Vs. Predator wrong. But it's ok! The first step is admitting you have a problem, the second is acceptance, and the third is reading this guide to learn how to play the game right.
*-With Valentine's day less than a week away, Handy ponders some of the greatest love stories to be found in gaming, tongue firmly implanted in cheek. Romance is dead. It was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece-by-piece.
*-Xelviar wants you to know about a phishing scam/virus that could potentially corrupt your Steam account and cause you to lose all your games. Forewarned is forearmed, so take a few moments and educate yourself.
*-Fryfry poured his heart out in memory of a close friend. I can't really add anything to this, but it's a touching story.
*-Entrager and Agent Moo are donating all proceeds from their respective Xbox Live Indie Games to the Red Cross for Haiti this week. Good on ya, gentlemen.


A-Stevil admits his undying love for Helen Mirren in this Mass Effect 2/ article, which contains some minor spoilers.
A-Panda Cookies thinks you should play these five games. Qalamari thinks you should, too.
A-Novakaine thinks this is the golden age of advertising for video games. What say you?
A-Marktime argues that games don't necessarily have to be fun to be successful. What's your opinion?
A-GameZombie thinks that recent handheld Zelda outings have lacked a certain something. What that might be is harder to pin down
S-Chainsawface proves that luck isn't always a dump stat in his Musing.
S-NihonTiger90 isn't allowed to buy anything until after his birthday, but What'd You Get?
M-CapsuleX's Musing advocates returning to a game you thought had beaten you.
M-JC83 may not be an expert at anything, but his Musing says balance is best.
P-Failcast episode 58 is about love.


No one got the exact quote for last week, but Celicacrazed came closest. "Be there or kindly be square" is a quote from Apu's brother Sanjay as he invited Apu to his yearly party in the episode "22 short films about Springfield." If you're wondering what all this is about, check last week's recaps.


D-Puppy Licks checks in from Hong Kong with some pictures from the 2009 Asia Games Expo.
I- Welcome Hamza Sirin to Destructoid. No relation.
I-Greetings are also in order for Sidother, whose initial blog compares Jason Statham to Master Higgins. Flawlessly. I am now convinced, they are one and the same.


N-Dronkmonk shares some new Fallout: New Vegas screens and info. Looking good, Obsidian.
R-Leogeo reviewed a free to play game that sounds like it combines an interesting mix of genres, Global Agenda.
R-Lazyhoboguy reviewed Sniper Elite after discussing monkeys and urination.
T-Daniel Andres lets us know what he's playing this week.
T-DeerDog shares some thoughts on M.A.G. and King of the Hill.


Once again we are nothing more than a load of uncouth barbarians, poking at the mud with sticks in a vain attempt to understand the culture that surrounds us.


L-Ygro Wok looks back at an alternate universe version of Sonic 4, and throws in a look at Sonic 6 as well.
R-CapsuleX wrote about some licensed games that didn't suck. Shame that's the exception rather than the rule.
R-Occam's Electric Toothbrush shared some free-floating thoughts about life, games and Po'boys.
C-I don't think this guy understands links to outside blogs and no other content does not a cblog make. Last warning before Failtoid.


F-If I wish to hire an iPhone developer, I shall make certain not to hire one who cannot consistently and correctly use proper punctuation and spacing.
F-The only way this could be more wrong in my opinion is if the van had "FREE CANDY" painted on the side.

-(Qalamari)

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