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Busy week in gaming and game-related stuff for me and everyone I think. Here are some general and personal highlights of the week for me...
Andy put up a new Bloggers Wanted assignment Saturday: "What's it like to game with you?" We already have some entries, so check them out. One even seemed Topsauce-worthy to me, wasn't expecting that but it was really good.
Alice: Otherlands got funded in the nick of time. McGee is buying the movie rights to Alice back and will be making a series of short animated films based on the Otherlands concept. He sees the original game, Madness Returns, and this as sort of a trilogy. The concept/pitch is really good and I think it's possible we'll get a new game out of this eventually, too *crosses fingers*

Legend of Iya's Kickstarter is struggling, though. I hope he manages to get it made even if the Kickstarter fails, I really want this game. Spread the word!

I think an interview with the Planetside 2 director on Eurogamer justified my decision to go with an 8-core AMD CPU in the build I made last Thursday. To port the game, they have to optimize it for the PS4's multicore AMD CPU – which he said would benefit PC gamers with AMD CPUs as well. Expect new games to be heavily multithreaded, as it's the only way to get any power out of the slow next-gen console CPUs. On PC, I wouldn't buy a CPU with less than 6 cores at this point
Some news also just leaked about the HD9000 Series of graphics cards from AMD. The flagship HD9970 sounds like the Fister Roboto of graphics cards. Might be sticking with AMD after all.

Speaking of sticky… uh… I mean sticking… I'm really trying hard to stick with games until I complete them. I just finished Strike Suit Zero, a nice space combat title. Now I have to pick something to play next. I have some big titles like Dishonored in my backlog, but I think my next goal will be finishing these games:
Shadowrun Returns
Yes, there will be crazy modding soon, but for now the main campaign is pretty straightforward from what I can tell. Also, elves with collars and neon gas masks? Sign me up! (ps: thank you, Phil!)

Remember Me
Enjoyed the first part before I got distracted. Really want to finish this one.

It's finally coming out on PC! If you preorder you can play the beta now, I think. Is it sad that I'm super-excited to collect all the trading cards for this? The only bad thing is that you never truly "beat" a fighting game…? Anyway, dibs on Parasoul!

Misery Mod 2.0 for Stalker: Call of Pripyat
This mod looks incredible, and flat-out brutal. Might wait until I upgrade my GPU, actually, as it sounds really demanding.

What are you guys planning to play next? And how are you doing at the whole "actually finishing games you start" thing?

And here are you recaps!

* - Gaming With Charlie and Brett - As much origin story as anything, this is a pretty personal and well-written blog about the positive effect games had on Charlie's life.

P - Geek Week Video - VVVGamer's has a couple new video podcasts, focused on the GT Academy competition and racing games complete with some good interviews.

M - Gaming With Crackedbat - Hmmmm I think this blog might be satirical. Nahhhh.

M - Gaming With Troy - TroyFullbuster describes what it's like to game with a perfectionist who doesn't like to lose and is totally hardcore at games like Halo, Mario Party, and Candy Crush. I made one of those up.

M - Gaming With BigBoss0110 - Another Bloggers Wanted response, this time from a guy who seems very much a mix of gaming styles and attitudes - in a good way.

M - Gaming With Alphadeus - Alpha sounds like a fun guy to game with. Positive attitude focused on fun, this I like.

S - The Shattered - Cinderquill tells us why Podtoid's fan community is teh awesome.

T - Politics and Games - Spieler Dad discusses Glorious Mission, a military FPS developed by the Chinese government.

V - Call of Juarez: Gunslinger - General Mills' Plus 10 does a "let's play" sort of video featuring this CoJ title.

Elitist Geek Decor: framed System Shock 2 insert/disc

L - Dudes in Distress - Frank makes a video that is satirizing Tropes vs Women, male gamers' reactions to it, or something. I think it is supposed to be funny so here it is. I hate everything today so my sense of humor is suspect.

It's been a brutal week for me personally. But gaming and my Dtoid time keep me (mostly) sane. You guys rule. And, um, sorry for using a bajillion images...


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