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Cblogs of 04/17/09 + Garisonisms

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This is but one of the awesome things I saw in Japan

After 10 days of touring all over Japan, I finally came home. And guys, it was definitely not willingly. It was probably the greatest experience of my entire life, and I am intent on learning Japanese and moving over there now, all I have to do is graduate high school and I'm off. Never to come back to central Canada again. Adios!

Also, I was going to do an epic Cblog of all the stuff I bought today, but ended up sleeping in 'till 1:00, then friends came over so ya. I'll get it done either tomorrow or Monday.


I couldn't find anything that really tickled my fancy today, so enjoy the music.



A- I couldn't decide to put Spike401k's OnLive post here or in failtoid
A- JackMaverick and the history of Puzzle Games
A- Jonathan Holmes writes an interesting article on game sales
S- Gemsi's UK bargains
S- The first of megatron0016's Fanboy Weekly series
S- Geraldo Beedog is READY TO FRIDAY
S- BulletMagnet's Obscure Tribune
S- TMillsap's week in gaming
S- Phallus Knife Fight
M- Cadtalfryn's Monthly Musing: The Pokémon's
P- DJ Pendelton is READY TO BROADCAST
P- Failcast episode 33


W- Njsykora wins PsychoSoldier's contest -- send him/her a PM stat!!!
E- Make a haiku to win an inFamous demo code from JavTheGreat
E- Guess a number from 1-50 to win a UFC demo code from JavTheGreat


E- DtoidSanFransisco wants to remind you about the Street Fighter IV tourny
E- Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix tournament by Geoff
F- Euro FNF: FUCK YOU GIBBO!
F- PS3 FNF
F- 360 FNF
S- sickNasty has a ball paint ... balling ...
I- Welcome to Destructoid, Duster -- leave your shoes at the door please
I- Welcome to Destructoid, Cornflake head!
B- Happy birthday, GHost!


N- Snipeu2day informs us of the Marvel vs. Capcom 2 achievements
$- Valkyria Chronicles returns to the top of the Amazon charts, unangbangkay is excited
V- Wan Sum Dung posts new Final Fantasy Agito XIII trailer
R- ygro wok reviews Champion Ice Hockey ... wha?
T- TheBlacBandit's Red Faction Guerilla demo impressions
T- The Phantom Gamer wants to play all of the best games ever


A- Miguelcar808's pretty custom box art collection
A- doctor insidious' delicious Persona 4 wallet
M- Zen Albatross wants you to give Overclocked ReMix your munny
M- Videogame cover bands rock says Tattoojoe3rd
F- YaMissed2 says the new Dragon Ball Z movie is terribly bad
F- Destructoid's new weekend editor reviews State of Play
F- Spike401k doesn't want the Shadow of the Colossus movie to exist


R- skull13666 has a lot of awesome Super Nintendo games


S- I couldn't decide to put Spike401k's OnLive post here or in failtoid
F- Cite your sources next time, SmiperXan


-(garison)

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