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LONG BLOG

C blogs of 7-26-10 and Qalamarisms

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While I'm sure many of you are now engaged in vast and epic interstellar conflict, you may find that there's something here worth a moment of your time. If not, well, there's some more StarCraft stuff down near the end.

Recaps are in the pipe, five by five.


*-If the object of school is to impart knowledge, then Magnet School is a success... I always learn something by reading it.
*-AwesomeExMachina did a great interview with Tom Bissell, author of Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter. Well worth a read.


A-Om Nom on Souls weighed in from the Neutral planet on the whole playing-as-Al-Qaeda kerfuffle.
A-Salms Classic shares some love for one of those "so bad it's good" games, Tattoo Assassins.
A-The spoiler warning kept me from reading Shodan's analysis of Limbo, but it looks like a thoughtful, in-depth analysis.
M-Burningsoup's Musing for the month managed to imagine the world of Animal Crossing without mentioning Tom Nook or Mr. Resetti. A paradise, truly.
P-Podsumaki's Mortal Kombat special episode is now available.


E-While less a contest and more of a job interview, BlueXY has an advantage who goes by the initials A.B.
E-And Clarke sneaks in under the wire with this amusing review of Alien Swarm. That's how Big Boss died, you know.


E-Conrad Zimmerman and his fiancee will be moving from Phoenix to Portland soon, and any assistance you can provide on either end would be most appreciated.
E-The upcoming NARP in Austin is looking pretty freakin' amazing. DtoidAustin has all the relevant data collated and bound in handy blog form.
I-Greetings to IanCox1986. 4 RROD's and counting? Ouch.


N-Longtime Dtoid fightin' game enthusiast Nilcam has just launched a new King of Fighters website called Dream Cancel.
T-Monodi reminds us that the big "E" doesn't mean you have to be under ten to enjoy it.
T-Some thoughts on Survival Horror and SSF4 from Hamza Sirin.
T-Ponderings on Street Fighter, Sonic, and Red Dead Redemption from Randombullseye.
T-Nihil listed some of the games that influenced him most. I approve.
R- Thornnn reviewed the budget Splinter Cell double pack.


A-Niz was inspired to draw something chiefly with mastery.
F-Xandaca reviewed the season 4 opener of Mad Men.


L-M. Bison plays Starcraft with REAL PEOPLE.
R-Does ANYBODY like Marcus?
?-Crunshii managed to be first in line for StarCraft 2. But then, irony reared her ugly head.
?-A political rant about Georgian grandparents.


F-Who are you?
F-The Memory Remains.


Requiescat in pace, StarCraft: Ghost.

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