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Cblogs of 12/28/2009 + Shiranuisms

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The white wolf has reappeared! Our regular recapper has apparently once again acquired the Diseased condition and will not be able to make it today. Therefore, you are in my capable hands ... or is it paws? I'm getting confused with this online persona thing ...

Anyway, as it is the week after the annual consumer melee we call Christmas, you're expecting gift lists. To be honest, I was prepared to be disappointed. This was not a good year for anyone's finances. Combine that with my family's utter lack of understanding of gaming (they don't know what Final Fantasy is) and my poor performance at university, and I was fairly sure the treasures from this milestone would be meager.



Sometimes I love being wrong.

In any case, here are your daily (or, in the case of our draconic resident, semi-daily) community recaps. Not as many blogs today as I would have expected, but we've got a few gems poking out from the hoard. While you look at those, I have a few errands to run ... *howls*


*-Elsa writes. The topic is utterly alien to me.
*-Sirromnad enters the community with a double feature, a top-of-the-line introduction and a brief description of the new Mario game. I think I like you, even if you have the wrong Clover games listed.
*-Kwazy felt an incredible reluctance to finish Dragon Age because of his hastily named character and one woman. His level of attachment to the characters is truly touching.
*-Kraid has ten gaming resolutions for the next year, most of which should be on the list of every gamer. The images alone push this insight deep into the top category.
*-Confusionbomb uses v4 rules (did anyone else catch that?) to describe two types of gamers. I'm waiting for Michi's stats, personally.


A-Monodi hijacks the Memory Card! His description of the ending of Half-Life 2 (thanks for spoiling it) is truly vivid.
A-Ali throws us for a loop when it comes to selecting his GOTY.
S-SegWAY fires off another of his World of Warcraft remembrances.
S-NihonTiger90 shows up with his "What'd You Get?" discussion post and a few decent presents himself.
M-Leo likes the concept of multiplayer games, just not the all-too-common end result.


Nothing here, but you definitely should have been here last week.


E-DtoidNewEngland has successfully existed for a year. I miss Boston terribly.
S-Roek somehow recalls and tells us of his nearly two decades of gaming, seeing some great titles.
S-Half forgoes the standard thank-you post in favor of a UK-themed photo composition.


N-Cadtalfyrn found something called Bit.Tonik and compared it to Tetris and a game I don't know.
R-RetroSoldier speaks of the surprisingly good Batman: Arkham Asylum.
R-Dreamweaver writes about Assassin's Creed 2, apparently without having heard of Jim Sterling.
T-Daxelman piles a whole bunch of thoughts into this blog, including a hardware review and his GOTY.
T-Gortexfogg recalls truly ancient PC gaming complete with screen saver.
T-Khazar222 mixed up Section 8 and District 9, a film tie-in that might have been halfway decent.
T-Jonathan Holmes throws out a few impressions of the new Castlevania game before writing his official review.


A-GamesAreArt tries again to live up to his username with some editorial artwork.
M-D Sane tracks down the convoluted history of a song through one film, one game, and at least three bands.
F-IIIIjujube considers "road movies" to be film's closest equivalent to gaming.
S-Craineum built a truly earth-shattering replacement for a traditional tree ornament.


R-Eaten returns to blogging with a truly random post. I like rabbits too, so I'm not failing this.
R-Chiben makes an interesting case for geekdom as a point of pride.
C-Good idea, but a bit longer next time.


F-I've already commented on this.
F-Same reaction as last time. Don't bother watching.
F-Much as I hate referring anyone here, this belongs in the forums.


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