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Cblogs of 12/24/09 + Holiday Strykisms

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It's Christmas time! You know what that means! Twenty-four glorious hours of A Christmas Story! Can't have Christmas without this holiday classic, no sir! And to think that just a few years prior Bob Clark gave us this cheeky Yuletide slasher pic!

It's not that A Christmas Story is a bad film. It's just... it's just seeing it over and over and over and over again is taxing on the nerves. The whole thing just starts blending your thoughts together, corrupting your vacation memories, making you recall things that never actually happened.

Last year, I was at my folks' place, enjoying their company, visions of a Red Ryder air rifle in my future. There were warnings that I'd shoot my eye out, the haunting glare of a yellow-eyed neighborhood menace, and triple dog dares. I remembered to drink my Ovaltine, the taste of soap still on my lips, and hey! I just won a major award! Holiday fun in the Chinese tongue, and with Little Orphan Annie the season was a ball of fudge... only I didn't say "fudge."

Oh dammit. There I go again.

Don't have A Christmas Story over in jolly ol' England, eh? Enjoying the surf and sand, my Aussie brothers? Well, tough shit! If I have to suffer through this routine then I'm draggin' ya down with me!

Merry Christmas! BWA HA HA HA HA HA!




*- Have the gift of Genetos, the evolutionary freeware shmup!

*- Ha ha! Nice try, Mouse! Sucking up ain't gonna get ya topsauce honors, so... oh DAMMIT!

*- This is totally more like a New Year's post, but Discarded Couch Sandwich gave his British year in review anyway.

*- *GASP* Santa came!


M- Macarratti has mixed feelings about scripted final boss battles.
P- 321gocast episode number dear Christ, how many damn podcasts is this site host for?





S- ThinkGeek dicked CRKFIEND over with the alure of almost-free Dreamcast.
S- Behold, Dex01's rite of Katamari passage.
S- Oh snap! Yashoki got him some early Bayonetta booty this holiday season!
S- stewie32887 loves naked RPG pillow talk.
I- Better late than never, chrissmith9c!
R- Remembering Connectix, the company that brought PlayStation emulation to the Mac.


N- Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas the Gears of War way.
T- Hey, Valve. Monodi has some suggestions for you.
T- 0 Day Attack On Earth is a big lump of coal.
T- Musai comments about BioWare's comments towards JRPGs... comments. Comments, comments, comments.
T- Will Mass Effect 2 offer these fixes?
T- Steam blows. Heh. I see what you did there.





C- An almost decent piece on the hardcore/casual divide, but the first couple of paragraphs rubbed me the wrong way.





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