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C Blogs of 4-19-10 and SHAUN!isms

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So, I stayed up until 5AM last night playing Heavy Rain until I finished it. I finished with 2 of four heroes standing (Madison is surprisingly flammable). I'm not sure what I think about it, to be perfectly honest. I give the game a lot of credit for trying something new, and Sony a load of credit for taking a chance on it financially (though reports say it's performed quite well). I think the thing I look forward to most having finished the game is going back through the spoiler-filled media I intentionally skipped when it was freshly released, to see what others thought about it. (By the way... Reverend Anthony, that was kinda a dick move revealing the killer's identity in your alt-text in that last article. Just my opinion, of course.) I let one of my friends borrow the PS3 over the weekend so he could play it too; I'm quite interested to discuss it with him, see how our stories diverged, what we did differently. In that area at least, the game is a rousing success.

Just as an aside, my brother's name is Shaun. Spelled the same exact way. I think he'd hate this game.

For those wondering where Saturday and Sunday's recaps went, they'll be along shortly if they're not up already. Don't forget to find this week's Simpsons quote. Let's get to it.


*-I'd not have thought the mixture of classic movies and classic game characters would have the legs it has had, but I'm glad that GrumpyTurtle continues to prove me wrong.
*-AwesomeExMachina has a friend that could use some help, and is turning to the internet. Don't let her down.
*-Have you ever thought about just how iconic the world warriors of Street Fighter really are? The Faux Bot has, and the world is a better place for it.
*-Johannhat has been tinkering with the idea of an alcohol-fueled video game obstacle course he calls... The Videolympics. Make sure you check out the prizes.


A-Endserenading wrote about his love/hate relationship with the Mega Man series, and how much he's enjoying 10.
M-This Musing by Mike P takes a look at Tim Schafer's latest.
S-Sharpless launched a new series (well, new to Dtoid) called Not-so-early Adopter. I'm looking forward to the next installments.


No contests today. Last week's Simpsons quote was from the 9th season episode The Cartridge Family and was hidden in the recap for Chaotical's review of FIFA. You can see the clip below.



E-Procyon is hosting the next Baltimore NARP. Sounds like a good time coming up!
D-Artist in residence Mikey turned another year older recently, and the members of DtoidUK partied the shit out of the weekend. You can see all the sexytimes in this blog from Max likes turtles.
R-Farewell, Xbox Live 1.0. We hardly knew ye.


N-File this one under Rumortoid, but Mooks thinks the next batch of Mass Effect 2 DLC might have something to do with Liara.
T-Some thoughts about recent games Garethxxgod has played.
T-Gamezombie speaks of the Wii.
R-Dreamweaver reviewed Dead or Alive: Paradise. They all live over on that island. Bouncy bouncy.
R-A hardware review of many Xbox 360 accessories, by Patrick Kelly.
D-OH GOD YES THE TONGUE.
$-Hooded Miracle wants to let you know about a free FPS in the vein of Modern Warfare called Alliance of Valiant Arms, or AVA for short.
$-Conway thinks Trauma Center: Under the Knife is an absolute steal at its bargain bin price. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.


A-Bluerob's planning to debut a Bioshock 2 themed costume at San Diego Comic Con this year. Looking good so far!
A-LawofThermalDynamics tried drawing rather than writing. Then writing about the drawing.
M-Corbanski is excited for something called Mayhem Fest. Oh wait, forgot the capitalization and exclamation points. MAYHEM FEST!!!!



V-So Roger Ebert said something over the weekend and Twitter blew up. Monodi found an old video that shows he's played at least ONE videogame.
V-SenorDoucheoisie on a longboard wipin' out. Music's good.
C-If you admit it's not your work, a link to the originator seems like the least you could do.


F-You tell that spammer who's boss, Elsa. Go, girl!
F-WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN
F-Too short, even for a shortblog.
F-Um, yeah. Thanks for the heads up, but three links and a picture aren't a blog, just as three clowns don't make a circus.


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