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LONG BLOG

Cblogs of 6/28/09 + SilverDragonisms

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So yesterday Vexed Alex wrote a great blog about how it can be really hard to get into a multiplayer game for the first time that has an already deeply installed user base and community. He discussed how it can be so frustrating that the experience ceases to be fun, and just becomes aggravating. I know exactly what he's talking about because I'm going through it right now with Gears of War 2.

I just started playing Gears of War 2 for the first time this week, and I essentially already hate the multiplayer. I mean I have probably put 8-10 hours into the multiplayer so far and I still freaking suck at it. I have tried really hard to get a hang of the strategy, but no matter how hard I try there is always someone else there ready to blow my head off with one shot. It's almost impossible right now for me to get any enjoyment from playing this game, and that is just really disappointing. Why would I ever want to keep playing a game that has such a steep learning curve for new players? There are so many great multiplayer games out there, it just makes me want to leave this one behind and move on and never look back. Let me just end by saying fuck you Gears of War 2. I hate your guts!

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*-Elsa has written the unofficial "Girl's Guide to Online FPS Gaming" and it's freaking awesome. You should check it out!



A-HydeGFF continues the age long discussion of video games as art.

S-Subenu continues his series on Video Game Canon with entry #6.

M-Untapped Potential: On Placing Products

P-Episode 16 of the Backwards Compatible Podcast records tonight!



E-Skull13666 is holding a t-shirt design contest.



E-It's time for another edition of Mystery Science Sunday theatre with Crocbox

S-FalconReaper has decided to not blog so that he can instead improve his SF2THD remix skillz

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N-Would you play an MMORPG for a one time fee of $3,850? I wouldn't either!

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T-TeknoDwarf continues his trek through Persona 3



S-Infomercial King Billy Mays has passed away unexpectedly at the age of 50.



?-Another WWE blog by TheGamerGeek

?-This is a weird way to quit a job ...



F-I don't read blogs that look like this. Sorry!

F-This is how you fail at blogging people. Check it out!


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