It's happened again. Our usually punctual Friday recapper ran into yet more technology issues, necessitating this late recap. I'm honestly beginning to feel like the recaps team's unofficial rescue dog. That's three different people I've saved from certain oblivion, so shouldn't I have gained a level or something? Life isn't fair.
In other news, I played Okami for the first time in six months yesterday.
It was a very strange ten minutes. The game still handles perfectly well, and the characters, sounds, and atmosphere haven't changed one bit. But after months of working with Clover concept art and fan-based drawings, Okami looks completely different from how I remember it. Still beautiful and unique, but harsher and more contrasting than I thought it was. Is this how I viewed the game when I first took control of the newly reborn deity? Simply put, it raised a large number of questions I'll have to answer at some point.
While I spend my time searching for the meaning of all this, you're interested in last Friday. Well, fine. Here's what happened on that day. Obviously, we have the Friday Night Fights (where are the TF2 players, really?) as well as a significant amount of cultural stuff. The usual swarm of gaming news and general discussion showed up as well. While you read that, I'll just practice my digging skills for when someone else gets buried ... sigh ...
*-Bluemeep poignantly recounts the terrible sacrifice of his DS. A short but deeply moving blog that means far more than a working washing machine. *-Aborto hosts the 360 FNF. Just hand over the sniper rifle and stop making snarky comments about how we ended up here, OK? *-Moose appeals to the community to help Haiti by playing Halo. For once, you can really kill people and save their lives at the same time. *-BulletMagnet launches one of his trademark walls of text. This man does more for gaming news than three editors put together. S-Ygro makes another foray into Goodwill to locate relics of the Dreamcast era. W-Niz turned rabbits into killing machines to win a front-page contest. F-Y0j1mb0 hosts the PS3 FNF, along with Chinese food. F-EuroFNF has nothing to say. S-Roek talks about his guilt and recovery over the console he used to own. I-Matrisking drops the usual introduction in favor of five games that BITE. N-NihonTiger90 reports on more possibly disheartening statements from Nintendo of America. N-AngelsDontBurn displays the latest AVP data. N-Lucariotrainer13 spots yet more Mega Man appearing on the horizon. N-Nekobun relates some Halo: Reach news and its differences from the older games. V-MegaStryke displays the awesome TvC commercial. T-Bigby keeps working the Star Trek MMO, including impressions on upgrades, currency, and difficult servers. T-Nilcam describes an anime tie-in that shows surprising quality, especially for a basic flight sim. T-LK4O4 talks of the self-reflective nature of Every Day the Same Dream. T-DaedHead8 describes several demo impressions and his expectations for the full games. $-Gemsi continues to bring good deals to the oppressed gamers of the UK. A-Skulsan has a serious problem regarding Podtoid and several pencils. A-Garganroo is new to GTA but seriously has the art skill to draw the court scenes. M-Occams shows off a few songs for particularly cold days. F-Genki-JAM located the trailer for the new Tekken film, causing arguments over fighting game minutia. L-AJN256 writes a story, although what it's actually about I couldn't tell you. C-This could use more commentary from the writer.
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