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Cblogs of 06/21/13 and bbainisms

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So this weekend is Gay Pride weekend for my city, and there's going to be a parade tomorrow morning right outside my apartment. I'm pretty excited about it, it should be a lot of fun. But because it's in the morning, I'd like to get some sleep while I can, so these -isms are gonna be a bit short. 



This week I played Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom (finally!) and it was a really cute game! I was initially a little put off by the Majin's voice, but I quickly fell in love with it as the game progressed. He's just way too adorable (although he tends to trip over himself entirely too often). I'm not sure I'd recommend the game for everyone, but I really enjoyed my time with it nonetheless. It was clear to me that a lot of heart was put into making the game, and I appreciated that.

I also finally subscribed to PS Plus (it's about time, right?). I played The Cave and Machinarium for free this week, two more really cute games. I like cute things, you see. I've also got access to XCOM: Enemy Unkown, Uncharted 3, Saints Row the Third, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution, among other games, all for FREE! I'm wondering which one I should play first. I'm thinking I might try out XCOM first, even though I'm not too big on strategy games. It just looks really cool.

Anyway, my bed is calling for me. Happy Gay Pride month, everyone! :)

* - Kovalski248 shares some of their favorite gaming worlds, places where you can't help but explore every nook and cranny.

* - Strider is enjoying his time in the world of Animal Crossing again, and I am so flipping jealous!

A - The Last of Us brought Itry90 to tears, something that other narrative-heavy games like Heavy Rain weren't able to do.

A - dapperdanG talks about Xbox One policies and PUPPIES!

A - A post-mortem of the Xbox One, which hasn't even been born yet...

A - Midgeamoo tries to make sense of the reactions to the announcement that Titanfall will be multiplayer only.

A - Tidemouth is excited about virtual reality gaming!

P - Scary Granules episode 13! Not guest starring PhilKenSebben.

P - Low(er) Tier Podcast episode 11, guest starring Ninjapresident!





F - Friday Night Fights on the PS3 + Bricks!

F - Friday Night Fights on the 360 + Huge mistakes!

F - Friday Night Fights on the PC + Swishiee's obsession!

T - Sir Davies recommends The Cat Lady, a horror adventure game about a lady who likes cats. Looks interesting!

T - Mozington wonders how the introduction of the Fairy-type in Pokemon X&Y will change the way people play the game.

T - Shinta hated The Last of Us and lost his faith in gaming, but soon regained it by purchasing a 3DS.

R - BlinkingPixels reviews The Last of Us.

$ - June 21st UK releases and bargains!

A - BobofMainframe drew a picture of Jonathan Blow as a Slowbro in anticipation of the new episodes of Teenage Pokemon. Awesome!

M - Chrys wrote a song about the Xbox One in the style of a Macklemore song. Neat!

R - Suffer from sweaty palms? Jinx has a solution for you!

V - It seems Lenigod is willing to forgive Microsoft for their bad PR. Maybe?

C - TheYouthfuls gives his thoughts on the character of Joel in The Last of Us, but makes the errors of copypasta and self-fapping.

C - PopetheRev recommends Valis III, an old overlooked Sega game. Just gotta proofread this blog a bit, buddy.

F - Not quite the best blog ever...



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