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Cblogs of 8/24/10 + Pendeltonisms

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So I'm going to try and get to bed super-early tonight. Why? Tomorrow is, quite possibly, the biggest gaming day of the year. Two of my most hotly anticipated titles will be release simultaneously, filling me with more gaming pleasure than I can probably stand. First up is Shank, which was nicely reviewed on the front page by one Nick Chester. Ever since I witnessed it in all its cartoony glory at PAX Prime last year, I've waited not-so-patiently to try out the whole shebang. Alongside that is Scott Pilgrim: The Game. As a massive fan of the comics and movie (the movie's better *audience gasps*), this game is like a fucking dream project to see in motion. Both games are frantic, gorgeous, top-notch brawlers, and both will take my attention away from any PAX planning and real-world activities for at least 24 hours. Anyone else looking forward to possibly the two greatest games of the year tomorrow?



*- As if the Cblog Interviews couldn’t get any better, mrandydixon gets interviewed again in a great new format.

*- For those horribly unaware, how to succeed at Friday Night Fights.

*- Where have all the good horror game villains gone, and where are all the Jasons?

*- Toadofsky is mad at hell at the game companies, and…well, you know the rest.

*- Another great week of Rock Band reviews from the Stereotiod boys.



A- Failing to do it effectively last time, can Bioware actually make story transfers from Mass Effect 2 to Mass Effect 3 compelling?

A- A word to parents about the ESRB ratings system.

A- In his one and only post, MagnusTW says that gamers aren’t meant to blog. Kinda the wrong place to say that, chap.

M- Teh Bias: Like the good ol’ days.



E- It looks like a fun time was had by all at the Friday the 13th DtoidAustrailia NARP.

S- Ooooo, look at what Occam’s electric toothbrush got in the mail.

S- HandsomeBeast apparently was surprised to see how some Dtoid celebs looked.

S- “In layman's terms: use the brain you were blessed with. For everyone's sake.”

S- A recap of the Dtoid vs. Shakesville controversy that went on a few months ago.



V- What exactly was the “completely unexpected” game Square Enix hinted at at GamesCom?

N- The BBC-only Dr. Who games will make an appearance on the Wii and DS.

T- Kylius’ impressions on FIFA ‘11

T- How do you spend your idle time?

T- George Eric Oliver has a few thoughts (five, actually) that worry him about Metroid: Other M.



A- Wow, check out this pretty nice Robo 3D rendering.



?- Hamza wants to know if anyone has any questions about Halo: Reach.



F- Oh you…

F- Oh, you. Again.

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