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LONG BLOG

Cblogs of 12/29/09 + Pendeltonismsmsms

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So, yeah…Christmas. Blah blah blah, great time with family, got some gifts, blah blah, who cares. Nothing special really happened to me this 25th of December. Well, other than one thing…

I got The Saboteur.

Hot shit on a rooftop that game is incredible. There’s something about the mixing of two of the most tired genres in gaming that just sings, people. Sings. Blowing up Nazis has never been so fulfilling before. Where else are you gonna find assassination missions given to you by priests in a strip club? HAVE YOU EVER DRIVEN A CAR FULL OF DYNAMITE INTO A NAZI FUEL DEPOT? It’s fucking gorgeous, man. I could gush at length about this game, but know this: if you have reservations about getting the game at all, please rent it. Try it, in some way. It's a damn good time.

Also, “Bullet Math” by That Handsome Devil makes my ears bleed pure essence of joy:


Hey! Let’s get away from my crazy rantings and into a nice hot bowl of recap. Below you’ll find some more end-of-the-year/decade lists, Nathan Drake making people impotent, and Jim Sterling’s semen scaring people.



*- MkShiranui has a great blog here, in defense of the sequel.

*- Yaay SuitcoatAvenger is back!

*- Exrecaller Monthly Muses about the scariest part of gaming: finishing games.

*- In a response to Rev Anthony’s Avatar post, here’s TheTrendSetter89 talking about Avatar from a gamer’s perspective.

*- Even in the face of fear of Jim Sterling jizm, SomethingGerman still shows off this crazy-awesome Poison Ivy custom figure he made.

*- Cadtalfryn gives us another great look at the brilliantly wonderful Every Day The Same Dream.

*- Here’s a little somethin’ for the ladies: some of the best dudes in gaming.



A-Games, art, and discussion of both fill this piece by Sonic9jct.

A- Even though they may not be as good as he remembers them, Malodrik talks about his recent experiences in used game stores.

A- Here’s Novakaine’s Top 10 of The Decade list.

A- Mr. Burch has a link to a new AMC article, and words about what sounds like the strangest game ever.

A- Rather than just have a Top 10 list, nilcam makes up a list of all the best games of the past 10 years in each genre.

M- Love/Hate: when the risk doesn’t pay off.



E- Hey, is anyone else as excited for PAX East as FatherChesz?

E- Another year, another chance to be jealous to all of the people who get to go to MAGFest.

I- Everyone, welcome TheTrendSetter89 and OMG HE HAS A PICTURE OF MAO…sorry, welcome him to Dtoid.



N-CKRFIEND beats a dead horse.

N- s0lesurviv0r looks at some news about big 2010 fighters.

V- Wow: Why Uncharted 2 will ruin sex for you.

T- vgshaman gushes about Beyond Good and Evil, and how much he wants BGaE 2 to be great.

T- Phoenix Gamma goes over some of the games that have made iPhone gaming mean something.

T- RoninZero lists the bands/songs he wants in Rock Band, and Xzyliac shows his true music nerd side.

T- An interesting look at all the games Deathofthedead has gotten for Christmas over the years.

T- Sift through the somewhat odd writing and you’ll find an interesting blog about the idea of open world games.



L- What is this I don’t even

?- There’s a lot of strange in this blog, but there’s some good in here too.



F- What the hell is going on here? What…is this.

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