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Cblogs of 12/9/09 + Shiranuisms

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Yes, you did in fact read that correctly. If you missed Mouse's announcement last Friday or didn't notice when he told (warned?) the forums about today's recaps, I've joined the team. Contrary to what you may have heard, this does not mean the end of the world. Our manager reviews new candidates with a great deal of scrutiny and had no objections to my addition as a reserve member. Therefore, I suppose my best advice to the community at this point is:

DON'T PANIC

I'll save long stories about my life for some other time, since mostly I'm doing the same thing a great number of you are doing as well, i.e., finals week. No further information is required or will be provided. Anyway, here's a summary of what those of us with spare time wrote today. There was a lot of news, a few videos I didn't really understand, and some people being profoundly unhelpful. "Splooging out his internal organs" is not an offical recap category.


*-Heykupo demonstrates how Bayonetta is so ridiculous, it's actually pretty good. This is the first time I've seen "campy" used in a positive sense, and it works quite well.
*-CrazyBlue thanks the indie community for getting him through university. See, I told you casual games can be loads of fun!
*-Togail shows us his setup, which is far more than a few boxes with HDMI connections. I'll just confess to being jealous now.


A-AndrewG009 writes about the film, I mean the game, Gears of War 2.
A-TheDustinThomas has a long, long blog about wrestling games.
M-Gilgamesh1317 has a convoluted relationship with the Disney-Square crossover Kingdom Hearts series.
M-Mollygos was happy with Final Fantasy X ... until Square just had to put in some nonsense sequel!
M-Kavahn isn't certain what to think of World of Warcraft, good and bad experiences alike.





F-Electro turns FNF into a cutlery skirmish.
S-Flamma is upset about being stuck at home ... with a 360 ...
S-Dr. Light had some, um, issues with Gamestop.com.
I-AlphaDeus the composer had a bit of a rough start, but we'll welcome him anyway.
I-Ok Abacus comes to us from the depths of the IRC.


N-BahamutZero saw ... what?
N-MegaStryke is probably overreacting to this news of Mega Man 10.
N-Lucariotrainer13 is a little more sedate about Mega Man 10.
N-NihonTiger90 needs to pratice at Soldier.
V-Volomon rages against Infinity Ward for not seeing this coming.
T-VApathyv has some more bands to rock out to.
T-Kavakn suggests an MMO with a focus a bit different from usual.
T-ILoveLists doubts we'll see a Zelda film.
T-Kevin has some guesses as to the content of Halo: Reach.
T-Drowkin pense des varients entre les joux FPS.


M-DTunes Day 3 under Nekobun has a distinctly Eastern flavor.
F-Genki-JAM livestreams anime, which is TV, so it goes here.


L-Blehman has a few games that you didn't play, at least in full.
R-TheJesusNinja26 is angry about anger.
C-I do sympathize, but this feels incohesive.


S-Most of this has already been covered, sorry.
F-I just can't get excited by two seconds of video.
F-The video wasn't all that impressive, but ... why then copy the script?


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