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Cblogs of 9/3/09 + Strykisms

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Another relatively slow week, but there's a good reason for it this time. I think you all know what it is. Unfortunately, I couldn't make it to PAX despite promising myself I would all year. You know how it is. Things happen. Plans change. Money goes down the fucking toilet. Things of that nature. So yeah, I'm bummed. If the recaps today don't exude my usual charm and wit, that's why.

But wait! Next week there is going to be a PAX pity party up in Orlando and I. Am. There. I'm going to bring the ingredients to make this heart-attack-on-a-plate. It'll be righteous. It'll be better than PAX! With blackjack! And hookers!

Shifting gears, I went to Waldenbooks today and sat down by the graphic novels section for a couple hours, just enjoying the peace and quiet. I read some Marvel Zombies. It was either when a mentally broken Reed Richards intentionally infected the rest of the Fantastic Four and allowed himself to be bitten by them because he felt that zombification was the next step in human evolution OR when a zombified Giant-Man kept a sedated Black Panther alive for weeks tied to an operating table, sawing off limbs every few days in order to feed at a carefully rationed pace that I thought to myself, "Yessir. This is Disney material right here."




*- Electro Lemon made a doohickey... a thingamajig... a widget... a whatchamacallit.

*- Once this Ratchet & Clank script is finished, I'm rereading the whole thing from start to finish.

*- Valve is trolling. The comic at the bottom positively kills!

*- SuitcoatAvenger's interpretaion of Sagat is fuckin' Ace Hardware.


S- Freefall talks about the best squads in gaming. Today, it's Delta Squad from Star Wars: Republic Commando.
S- altered has finished Pathologic. One hundred twenty hours? Good God, man.
S- Oh Lord! A new series about random shit on Japanese-Bobtail's desk! Ha ha ha!
S- Canti-sama's Overlooked Thursday covers Folklore today.
M- Wry Guy implores us to stay on the straight and narrow.
M- This musing about nOObs by new guy HuttyLoca could have easily gone in nasty direction, but thankfully it's on the level.
M- Electrium is the troll police. Spit that gum out! Don't step on the grass! No jaywalking!


C- "Friends of the PAXless." F.O.P. Fops. What's YOUR FOP name? Only FOPs may enter! FOPs! Foppity floppity flop!


PAX- TheCleaningGuy will be at PAX wearing the best T-shirt EVAR.
PAX- prolifikstudio will be at PAX... and here's a screenshot from his secret game that no one knows what the hell is about.
PAX- Good times were had at thepelkuslives's pre-PAX party.
S- Kylius is moving in with his girlfriend and needs Xbox Live to stay sane. Won't you help him?
S- sstryker20 stands up to those mean ol' bullies picking on poor wittle Jim Sterling.
C- madninja is gonna ride the retro rollercoaster but needs your help! It's up to YOU!
B- So I'm guessing the Persona fanboy had a birthday or something. I think. I could be mistaken.
R- So, like, did I miss something? unstoppablejuggernaut just went POOF.


N- Europe sank into the ocean, so no releases this week. Maybe. Double-check your pre-orders.
V- Oh snap. Pokmon game marathon. Grab some popcorn and Skittles.
V- New No More Heroes 2 trailer. Side jobs in 8-bit. Spooge. Wipe clean. Will watch again.
R- Buy Metroid Prime Trilogy. Buy Metroid Prime Trilogy. Did you buy it yet? Buy Metroid Prime Trilogy.
T- British conspiracy? Bat Boy lives in Essex? Princess Di made a sex tape two days before her death?
T- DimXD2077 plays Final Fantasy X around the campfire with some buddies.
T- Kaaru1990 pours one out for JRPGs as he remembers them.
T- wanderingpixel can totally do a better Arkham Asylum ending.
T- While discussing the new PlayStation slogan, Crunshii announced his engagement to Sony. I'm just playin'.
D- Oooooooh! So THIS is what prolifikstudio's game is all about!


A- Jack Maverick sketched a lovely Shanoa from Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia.
M- snoogans775 wrote a Silent Hill 2 tribute song.
M- The music in the Half-Life 2 mod NEOTOKYO is some hot shit.
S- Xymplx finished his custom trackball. Neato!


R- NEEEEERRRRRRRD!
R- DimXD2077 is going to make a movie. Hot stuff.


F- I'm sorry you lost your imaginary trinkets, but sometimes shit happens when you engage in morally ambiguous practices.
F- Absolutely scrumptious.
F- Go sit in your ivory tower.
F- How in the H-E-double toothpicks does this guy keep getting new accounts!?
F- Fine dining. Five stars.


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