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Cblogs of 01/02 and the first Striderisms of the year!

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Remember how everyone was talking about Walking Dead for GOTY?

Yeah, I'm inclined to believe them a little now.

First of all, I came into possession of TWD by incredible happenstance. The first episode was free during the first week of Christmas. Then, the rest of the episodes were half off before New Years. Lastly, I already had some points laying around, probably from being an Xbox Live Rewards member. Final total for all 5 episodes of TWD came to $5 or 400 MS points spent. First episode free, 400 points lying around for two episodes (200 each), than a refill of 400 more points for the final two episodes. With the 2012 holiday sales on Xbox Live, I can see why everyone uses Steam so obsessively now. Snagging deals is a satisfactory feeling. And I hear word on the grapevine that Microsoft is thinking of implementing more Xbox Live Gold incentives to attract subscribers. Funny how rumors are spreading that Sony is thinking of adding a some sort of subscription fee to base users to make Playstation Plus more appealing.



So what do I think of TWD? Well, for one, I'm only 20 minutes into the first episode. I haven't gone further when I could've because I needed a break. I haven't needed a break from a game since I was a little kid binging on Super Mario World. Those first few moments after you get past the initial conversation were some of the most intense moments in gaming I've ever had. And TWD can technically be classified as a point-and-click game! It's basically built on top notch writing to cool your jets between OH-HOLY-BALLS-WHAT-THE-HELL-IS-HAPPENING-GET-ME-OUT-OF-HERE moments.

If there's one thing I constantly enjoy, it's watching Lee's convincingly distraught face always stay on his face as shit keeps getting worse and worse.

I also, finally, got around to watching Community. In fact, it was the references to Community in a blog post analyzing why the writer hates The Big Bang Theory so much that got me to start it up. It got me thinking about what TBBT is really on about and made me really think about how I felt about the show. As a show, it's perfectly passable. My girlfriend is a fan of the show and even she's tapered off a bit, but I'd watch the show with her when she turned it on. And by itself, it's perfectly fine.

But showing nerds in a more mainstream fashion wasn't something it exactly did right. Thinking back on the jokes the audience laughed at, they were more laughing at the nerds rather than with them or alongside them. TBBT at times is more like watching a zoo stocked with the same nerd stereotypes we've always seen in TV as opposed to something more progressive. And that's a shame really.



Unfortunately, I'm tapped out of things to talk about. Why? Because I wanna save what I want to talk about for Animal Crossing in my own blog as opposed to Striderisms.

Also, late night thoughts: Christmas massacre style.

Also also, I might as well take this chance to say I've been having trouble bringing the Fapcast back. None of the recappers seem to have time. If you're interested, just PM me, StriderHoang, and let's hammer out a return for the Fapcast!

* - Patrick Hancock put Persona 4 Arena on his top 10 for 2012 YAAAAAAAAY

* - Everyday Legend returns from the otherside

* - MGS4? MisterDonut fucking loved MGS4. Every single detail of it.

* - I was gonna put Seymour's blog about his Christmas haul with the Wii U in wordtoid... at night

* - Phil journal of not starving in Don't Starve. That also means not dying in a fire

* - The Tortle indulges us with his top 10 choices

A - The chronicles of Playboy's streaming woes

A - Monkey News didn't know how to start a blog about losing his gaming mojo. Until he started his blog about losing his gaming mojo

M - The SilverDragon graces us with his top 10 games of 2012

M - Ali D puts his money where his top 10 games of 2012 is

A - WHOA! Realism. Like, take a piss in the middle of a gunfight because it can't wait real.

M - Fraser played games. But here are his fav 10 from 2012

A - Dragon Age taught YC's valuable life lessons of hardship, decision making, and sacrificing Elven slaves

A - Pixielated loves Jessica Nigri and I'm ok with that





I - Aaron joins the community by posing the question of just how saturated the market has become for shooters

I - Draco introduces himself. Somehow.

R - Jeremy didn't like his Wii U as he made an extensive write up on it

D - A dev blog I DON'T HATE! SpeedFetus has an interesting game he's artsying up for called BLOK





C - Rey ends his vague impression of how little he's played Binding of Isaac with a mixtape plug

F - Zombie plugs


~ StriderHoang


FPotD

What did I leave out of my Striderisms in an effort to post on my own goddamn blog? A new Weeaboo Corner and an Animal Crossing Retrospective. First, Animal Crossing!
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