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Cblogs of 10/3/09 and 10/4/09 + SilverDragonisms

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I have been playing a lot of games this past week. First of all, I started and beat Halo 3: ODST in essentially one sitting. It took me around 8-9 hours, but I went around and collected all 30 audio logs, which really extended the play time. Over all I think its an enjoyable game with a really unique story experience, but it doesn't do anything new that the Halo series hasn't done before. Because of this, I would score it some where between a 7 and an 8. Only serious Halo fans need apply.

I'm also pretty pissed that the Firefight mode doesn't have an online matchmaking option. I don't know about you, but I don't have many friends who plan on buying Halo 3: ODST, so I don't really have anyone to play it with. It would be nice if the game gave me the option to quickly find a group of people to play with. Epic included this option for Horde mode in Gears of War 2 and it works great. How could Bungie neglect to put this feature in the game. They really dropped the ball on this one in my opinion.

I also got a PSPgo this week, thanks to my incredibly awesome girlfriend, so I've been playing around with that a lot. So far I've purchased and played God of War: Chains of Olympus and Patapon 2. Both games absolutely rock. If anyone has any PSP games they would recommend I play, please let me know.

This week I'll be playing and reviewing Dead Space: Extraction. If you are interested you can look for my review soon up on Gamer Limit. Ok let's get to the recaps shall we.






*-Check out this awesome Earthbound Polymer Clay Art from Dtoid Artisan DigitalMushroom.

*-de BLOO is making a Dtoid themed customer SE FightStick. You gotta see this!

*-Mkshiranui writes a great response to Tubatic's Nothing is Sacred Monthly Musing on hit points and damage.

*-Check out this incredible Demon's Souls PS3 Theme that Ckarasu made for the community!

*-Evergreen writes a great blog explaining why he thinks video games are a much better medium for providing horror then films.



A-Monodi writes about the tropes in video games that help sell them for him.

A-Nicolas BertrandVerge discusses emotions and philosophy in this piece on Mass Effect.

S-Defiling the Wasteland - A Memoir, Part 2

M-Nothing is Sacred: Dual Wielding, or How Halo Invented the FPS.

M-Nothing is Sacred: Wholesale Walletrape

M-Nothing is Sacred: The Beatles: Rock Band, a creative shot in the foot

M-Nothing is Sacred: I'm afraid I can't let you do that.

M-Nothing is Sacred: Stereotype

M-Nothing is Sacred: The ol' Hack N' Slash

M-Nothing is Sacred: COuld you spare some Ch-ch-ch-changes?

M-Nothing is Sacred: Meaningless Enemies



W-Phalanxxx announces his contest winners

E-Nilcam updates us on the Week 3 rankings for the King of Dtoiders 2009 Tournament



E-Hamza is going to a Bioshock 2 event on Monday night, so if you have any questions for him to ask, leave them in the comment section here.

E-Scooby Movie Month: Velma is FREAKING HOT Edition.

E-PS3 Saturday Night Shooter: Warhawk



N-Pokemon Event: Shaymin

N-This month's Nintendo Power has an article on the new DSi game Shantae

$-Check out these awesome Pre-Order deals on Steam for Borderlands and L4D2.

$-Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is super cheap on Amazon.com this week!

V-Video of the first 6 minutes of Uncharted 2.

V-Is this video proof that Bioshock 2 is coming to the PS3?

T-Spyn Doctor lists some of the better Xbox Live Indie Games available now.

T-hbl shares his thoughts non the Forza 3 demo.

T-GWT explains why he thinks Mr. Chainington will be the best BlazBlue character ever!

T-Fleet3000 is mad because he won't be able to run Borderlands on his laptop.

T-S0LID B0SS wonders at what point do you say someone cheated at a game?

T-Nortonantivirus hates that there's no matchmaking in Halo 3: ODST's Firefight mode!

T-Jonathan Holmes shares his quick thoughts on Project Natal, Playstation, and Meta Gear Wii.

T-NihonTIger90 wonders which would be better on the Wii: Friend Codes or Monthly Fees?

T-I'm not sure I've ever seen someone as excited about a game as Tubatic is about Way of the Samurai 3.

M-Nothing is Scared: Zombies have feelings too



A-Check out this awesome Tales of Monkey Island Fan Art of Morgan LeFlay from Hoygeit



?-Mkshiranui's train of thought goes all over the place in this blog.



F-It took all weekend, but a Fail Blog finally came along to grace us all with it's horrible presence.


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