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C-blogs of 9-14-09 and LATEST RECAPS EVER AGAIN

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Let's start this off with my apologies, friends. For the second week in a row I have failed you, and for the second week in a row the reason is my weakened husk. Ever since debarking the plane that carried me from Seattle to home, I have felt more and more ill, culminating in this weekend. I did not move more than 50 feet from my bed in three days. In that period I used up a double-sized box of Kleenex and went through about three gallons of orange juice. I wasn't even able to "enjoy" my sick time by getting some console love in, as I was too tired to do anything but lay in bed, dozing and occasionally making sounds like "bluh." I did make some progress on my DS backlog though, so I suppose there are silver linings everywhere.

The good news is that I'm past whatever malady had afflicted me, with only a slightly increased phlegm production to remind me never to fly again. Whatever it was... PAX pox, swine flu, or just plain ol' Con Crud... it should no longer affect my weekly duty to you after this evening. Once again, my sincere apologies for bowing to the ravages of biology run amok.



Right, enough of that. You'll never find a later recap, but so far I've never missed a day. Better late than never, right? RIGHT?


*-Vitz711 compared and contrasted Batman: Arkham Asylum with Bioshock. He made some good points, especially that influencing something is far different from copying it wholesale.
*-Colette always has the best stories. And though I didn't meet Maya, anyone CTZ and Colette both like has to be pretty awesome.
*-Now this is a deal... Buying ANY console through Dell nets a 15% discount. Better yet, it's valid until November. Good eyes, Crunshii.
*-Wry Guy clearly put a lot of work into this King of Fighters retrospective.


A-Sheppy considered the question of how do we assign a dollar value to our entertainment?
A-Sirkicksalot wrote an impassioned article defending FarCry 2 from its detractors. Definitely want to try that one out one of these days.
S-Tanukitsune crossed Shenmue 2 off his list.
S- NihonTiger90's question resounds throughout the internet. What'd You Get?
M-Stevil's Musing went deep undercover to bring us a look at the X-files PS1 game.
P-Backwards Compatible episode 25 is now available.
P-Drunkcast episode 8 recorded Monday.


C-Want to try out Dungeon Fighter Online? Crocbox might have your hookup.



S-Haxan's the newest writer for Tomopop. Congrats, dude.
S-Perri is back! Again! Ooh. Dial-up bad.
S-BunnyRabbit2 has some tough decisions to make, but PAX and Destructoid are helping him through them.
S-This PAX love brought to you by Senisan82.
S-While PAX was going on, European members of Destructoid were having their own party! With Blackjack! And hookers! Looks like a lot of fun, actually. Mistic shared the pictures.
S-TGammet finished Dead Space.
I-Otakunoise's introduction was a look back at the painfully frustrating final boss of Ninja Gaiden. Welcome to Destructoid.
I-Handy also joined up on Monday, introducing the term "wankerism" which I shall endeavor to use at least thrice on Wednesday.
R-Rest in Peace, Dirty Dancer.
R-And Ghost. Nice header image.


N-Ali D reported that Borderlands will have some sort of gun comparison tool built right in. Insert penis joke here.
N-DrCGP founds some pictures of Activision's assembly line for the Modern Warfare 2 night vision goggles. A plastic batarang's lookin' pretty good about now.
N-The Wii price drop is looking more and more likely.
R-An... ah... abbreviated review of Riff from UglyDuck.
T-Nightv thinks art and fun should be indistinguishable when referring to gaming. Your thoughts?
T-King3vbo and Balth think Beatles Rock Band is good, but short. Insert penis joke here.
T-Malachi Constant thinks Xbox LIVE is as bad as Hitler and Bin Laden combined. Way to perspective, guy.
T-With PS3 firmware 3.01 now fixing Uncharted as we speak, Takeshi wants to know what would you like to see in the next update?
D-DanlHaas is not the Dan L Haas who works at that game company who made FlOwer.
D-Snoogans775 thinks a one-man MMO called LOVE might be the next big thing in gaming.
D-Diverse linked to a story from Polytron about the development of Fez.


M-Analoge is running dTunes this week. On the first day, he invites you to tune in, turn on, and drop out.
M-GuitarAtomik has made the soundtrack for A.M.M.O. available for your downloading pleasure.
S-VGMari has been making offerings to Dyson's Goodwill retro god, it would seem.
S-Antwhan's modeling career has begun, thanks to the BECOME T-shirt.


L-Secrets of the Street Fighter IV champions: REVEALED!
R-Cadtalfryn got drunk with the Pokemon Trainer. What more do you need to know?
R-Things That Are Wrong: Fashion.
C- Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.
?-I can't tell if this is someone's second language or if they just ran everything through Babelfish into German and back again.


Two weeks in a row without egregious fail! Maybe I should get sick more often.


Flaming Moes for everyone! Gets you drunk AND loosens your phlegm.


-(Qalamari)

FPoTD

I'm so, so sorry.
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