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2009 was a pretty average year for gaming. It wasn't awful, some great games still came out of it - Batman, Modern Warfare 2, Uncharted 2 and Trials HD for a few. Definatly not bad, but no where near as good as the prior year and definatly not as good as the upcoming year.

We are now in space year 2010, a year that is set to be the best for gaming since...a while ago. Many, many, MANY great games are set to come out in the 365 days (well, 358 days from this post) so get a pen and paper and note down what interests you. We'll start with the games and releases of January, February and March - also known as Q1.

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January




The first game of the decade worth nothing (apoligies, Divinity 2: Ego Draconious) is Darksiders, formally known with the subtitle 'Wrath of War'. Darksiders is about the end of the world - the four horsemen of the apocalypse have come down to spread terror and fear into the hearts of man. You play as War, the first horsemen whose job it is to find out who caused the premature destruction of our planet. War loses his powers and has to fight angels and demons in an attempt to find out the truth. Sounds pretty good.

A day later, Bayonetta came out (in UK land, unlike where the US got it several days before and the Japanese several months before) and has received mammothly good reviews. Last time I checked it had a 93/100 score on Metacritic, so that's something to be proud of. You control the titular character Bayonetta, a witch (what is it with January and legions of hell) who is dressed in hair and has pistol boots. Sounds great.

Army of Two: The 40th Day is looking a lot better than it's predecessor - new voice actors, new places to shoot people and more hippos to hide behind - I'd expect 7/10 reviews on that one. On the same day Dark Void flies in (jesus that was a forced pun) shooting at flying stuff whilst operating a het pack and doing manuevers in mid-air - just don't invite a friend who goes onto the internet often as they may say 'DO A BARREL ROLL' so often you'll probably scream. The demo's pretty fun, I say check it out before purchasing.

No More Heroes 2 is the only Wii game out this month bizzarly, but it's a Wii exclusive of a pretty well received game, so probably will be good. I...uh, I never played the original, so should probably go and watch a trailer for it or something before you buy it because I only have a small idea of what it is.

M.A.G. comes to us this month, and...I'm sorry, PS3 fans...I just don't feel that excited about it. 256 player online is a good concept but it's effectively just Battlefield, only with dicks and angry eleven year olds screaming at you. I say if you want it, buy it - but don't get too excited.

The biggest release this month is Mass Effect 2. The original is still setting on my shelf, not been played since I purchased it in June - however, a friend of mine is seemingly more hyped for this than any other game, and having seen some gameplay I have to agree - it does look amazing. Possibly a Game Of The Year contender only 29 days in?

Smaller release: Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond looks like it might be alright possibly. :P




February




Star Trek Online comes out on the 2nd, promising about five people some time away from WoW to play on another game. It kind of tells you how much of a success Blizzard have made when two (The Old Republic, despite lookig awesome has the same problem) of the most famous franchises ever created aren't even expected to make a dent in the WoW mountain. I hope that it will, but since Age of Conan and Lord of the Rings didn't, should we be surprised if this doesn't either? Probably not.

A return to Rapture is then seen to in BioShock 2, arguably the most anticipated multi-platform game so far. The singe player promises more delights and the multiplayer can only improve the experience - it may be one of few games that little squealers and general dicks will not leave Call of Duty or Halo for - Left 4 Dead 2, not so lucky.

I think I've heard more about the bad publicity about Dante's Inferno than I have about the actual game itself. All I know so far is that by playing the demo, it seems like a repetive hack-and-slasher with hellish elements (boobies, evil babies, evil babies coming out of giant evil boobies) designed to make people uncomfortable or just to piss off Michael Atkinson.

That brings me to Aliens vs. Predator, and whilst it looks awesome, why was AvP nearly banned in the land of Oz but Dante's Inferno managed to slip the net? Anyway, it looks great and the multiplayer promises to give something new with a effective three-way-battle, even though most people will want to be the Predator.

Heavy Rain. Heavy Rain looks like the PS3's first promising exclusive of the year (again, not counting M.A.G.), giving a story that will be reminicint of Max Payne and Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy), whilst giving enough choices to rival Mass Effect 2. The cinematic side seems to be the games major selling point, but cinematic's don't always work in games - WET and Halo 3: ODST are my examples. Still, it looks like it will bring something different and overall looks pretty amazing.

My most anticipated game of February however (possibly the year) is Splinter Cell: Conviction. I remember seeing the gameplay at E3, and I was just blown away with how good it looks. Amazing detail, great elements, mixing what made the original great and the newness of Double Agent. Overall, be very, very excited.




March




I wonder if the hype for Modern Warfare 2 will have died down by the time that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 out. EA will have probably known what they were going up against, so they've upped their game to include more destruction on par with that of Red Faction: Guerilla, and the multiplayer has been improved in any number of ways. It looks great, and that's all that's neccesary.

The lego games have always been at the very least fun - Lego Batman was really enjoyable, as was Lego Indy and the two Lego Star Wars were two of my favourite games on the original Xbox. So should we have been surprised when Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (obviously leading the way for sequels) was announced? Probably not. The lego series could possibly be getting a bit tiresome, but as long as it's enjoyable, I'm sure we can enjoy the forumula for a bit long.

Arguably the most anticipated game of Q1 is the juggernaut Final Fantasy XIII. I'll be honest in having never played a FF game - mainly because they never appealed to me. However, I'd say go for it if you're a fan of the franchise - I'm sure you'll enjoy it whatever it is. The announcement of it coming to Xbox 360 lead me to become interested and after playing Dissidia on a friend's PSP, and that Final Fantasy 7 will be available on the PlayStation Network (if I do ever get my PS3 :P). Check it out, I guess.

Pokemon's always been a favourite of mine, and Pokemon Gold is one of my favourite games ever - so should the announcements of remakes for the DS excite me? Uhhhh...not really. Pokemon: HeartGold and SoulSilver don't neccesarily look bad, but just not much of an improvement. That won't stop it from making a Gazillion Jillion dollars, but don't expect a massive change, other than prettier graphics and some new touch screen gimmicks.

Now in reverse of that, Metro 2033 actually really does interest me. It looks like a shooter where the emphasis will be on the atmosphere rather than just shooting weird mutants. It's looking remarkably similair to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series (made by the same people) but that shouldn't stop it being really good and at times, genuinly creepy.

Last game of the quarter is Just Cause 2. Let me say this now - I thought the original Just Cause was amazing. It was fun, it was silly and despite the story being a bit off, it was still great. Just Cause 2 looks like it will continue all of that and give more crazy as hell stuff to do. GTA in Argentina? Can't go wrong.




So that's Q1. I'll try and do Q2 whenver I can, but what with release dates changing constantly, it might be a bit tricky. Ah well. This was a good way to waste an hour and a half. :P

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So yeah, it's nearly 2010 and what will possibly be the best year of gaming since...well, 2008. I decided I should probably put together my list of my top five games this year, matched with a few that whilst not the best games, deserve a mention.


5: Scribblenauts (DS)
Scribblenauts is a game which is highly original, and that gives you so many opportunities, you'd be a fool to miss out on it. It's easily the best DS game since Animal Crossing, and the amount of oppurtunities is astounding. Do you want to spawn a spaceship to drive into the unknown, then jump out and shoot a ray gun at cows? Yup, you can do that. Want to be able to spawn a shark to kill a piranha then use a jetpack to get to a higher level? You can do that. You can spawn swords, knives, chainsaws, bats, guns, even bacon, and that's just the first levels. There's problems with the way the character walks, taking every small inch forward as RUN FOR YOUR LIFE WITH YOUR HANDS FLAILING - but it's still only a tiny flaw in a massive game brimming with potential. Everything is literally possible in Scribblenauts.

Recommended: Red Faction: Guerilla
Red Faction is a game which gives you some remote charges, an over powered sledgehammer and some huge structures and lets you go nuts. It's really good fun, and very enjoyable as both an evening time killer or as a way of taking your anger out on someone - taking out a water park, a huge mecano-esc structure or just pounding the EDF soldiers into the ground with your trusty sledgehammer. If I'd have played it for a bit longer (i.e - not only on Christmas and Boxing Day) it would probably be higher on my list. Until then, I'm happy for it to rest here until further notice.
(It also holds the award for the most times I've said 'STOP - HAMMER TIME' at a game this year.)


4: Trials HD (XBLA)

It feels strange to put an Xbox Live Arcade game here, but since I've played Trials HD so much (both over the summer break and just in general) - it's a ridiculously simple game, with a great hook in that it's easy to learn and hard to master. The difficulty curve however, whilst starting very subtly suddenly rockets up about the start of the hard tracks, and the extreme tracks - well, they are as they are stated extreme. The challenge modes however are ridiculously addictive - I've lost count of how many times I've flinged my poor, poor unfortunate rider down the stairs in an attempt to break as many bones as possible. But it's a game with lots of appeal, an almost insane of replay value, and a game which is so addictive you and your friends will spend hours at a time in high score chasing bliss. Worth very single Microsoft Point it cost.

Honourable Mention: Band Hero
Band Hero is the first game I have played with all of the instruments - and it's a blast. Simply get 3 other friends and enjoy the ride as you strum, whack or squeal through 70+ songs - including those by the Kooks, Snow Patrol, The Jackson 5 and Taylor Swift (the latter of which shall get into your head and stay there for days on end). It's a very fun party game, and the addition of drop in drop out gameplay is a good addition. Rock Band is still superior to the Guitar Hero series, but Band Hero comes pretty close.

3: The Beatles: Rock Band

The Beatles are the greatest band of all time. That's not a question, that's a statement. It's just as well that The Beatles: Rock Band is also the greatest rhythm game of all time. Despite the fact that there is only 45 songs (out of over 250, Harmonix? Could you not have spared us a few more) - but the majority of the greats are here (Octopus's Garden, With A Little Help From My Friends, I Am The Walrus, Yellow Submarine etc.) and the rest will be available as DLC in the near future. The soundtrack is amazing, as are the collectables but the thing that sold the game for me was the graphics. The game is so amazingly beautiful and artistic - the dreamscapes especially. I love the dreamy feel they all have, which gives off a soothing tone, something that the majority of the Beatles songs had. It's a tad easy, but it's still the best music game of all time, featuring the best band of all time. Neat.

One More Of The Best: Left 4 Dead 2
I loved Left 4 Dead. I love Left 4 Dead 2. That's pretty much all I can say about the series - if you think about it, it's such a simple game idea that has been done so many times before (a zombie apocalypse, with a group of survivors facing them), but Left 4 Dead does it so well, it feels like no other game. The sequel expands from the original in simple ways, givin goff the same basic experience, but with added insentives, especially the chainsaw and axe. Oh, and Nick. I love Nick.


2: Modern Warfare 2
I bet you all weren't expecting this. Yes, the biggest sequel of the year coming from one of my favourite series blew me away, with explosive action, great characters and just generally fun missions. It's a wonderful game, that has the cinematic experience neccesary, plus the gritty determintion of war that the others (COD4 especially) had. The multiplayer promises to be the best online, as soon as they get rid of the glitches that infest it, but hey, that's to be expected for a game this big. A great game in it's own right, with some compelling missions and amazing sights to see. The biggest game of the year is very nearly the best.

Another Selection: Borderlands
Borderlands is an RPGFPS - a genre which is surprisly funner than it sounds. The game gives you a large (make that ENORMOUS *bleep*ING COLLECTION) of guns, gives you a planet with the promise of treasure if you complete quests and let's you roam about. Borderlands is a game with a great setting and atmosphere, a massive variety of weapons and a great sense of humour. One thing I will suggest however is that you play it co-op. Borderlands is a lot better online, as it was planned with co-op in mind, but I digress. It's World of Warcraft with guns and less grinding, and more stuff to shoot at. Sold.

AND, DRUMROLL PLEASE...

THE BEST GAME OF 2009 IS ROCKSTEADY'S BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM.



Batman: Arkham Asylum is a phenomenal 15 hour experience, which will leave you wanting more. That's a guarentee. From start to finish, the game excels, offering a mix of Splinter Cell style stealth movements, to a very aware and able combat system, with great voice acting, story and characters, with an atmosphere unseen in any game before.

Arkham Asylum is like a mix of great games, all in one. It has the atmosphere and depth of Fallout 3, with scares comparisant to those of Dead Space. I'm going out on a limb here, but the voice acting and characters in general may well be the best I have ever seen. The Joker is an iconic villain, and in comparison from this year, he's a better villain than Albert Wesker - and he's not the only great character. Bane, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc and Scarecrow - holy shit Scarecrow scares the crap out of me - are all played brilliantly. Very little about the game is dissapointing - the challenges offer hours of replay value, as do the riddles - the only thing that could have been improved slightly would have been the slightly anti-climactic ending, but I can't really think of anything they could have put there instead.

Overall, this is a gaming experience you won't forget in a hurry, with villains that geniunly terrify and intimidate, with gameplay that is simplistic and yet competent and fun. 10/10, the ultimate Batman experience, which lets you be (and feel) like the Dark Knight himself. Very, very, very good.

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I understand there are a few games that are marked as greats I have not played yet this year - Asassin's Creed 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Uncharted 2 and inFamous among them. The first two are coming soon though - things may still change, but for now, these are the best five games of 2009. Play them and enjoy them. :)

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So, E3 is here. This is my first major experience with a Gaming Expo, and I'm really looking forward to it. So, instead of a regular blog, I just got bored and put a list together of 20-or-so things that would make me so happy I would run around screaming. I tried to add things that I'm not sure have been announced yet, so not Dead Rising 2 or Alan Wake. Sorry.

If anyone has any already existing games like those I've mentioned, say. I'll probably enjoy them.

1: The Next Halo
Ok, it's going to happen. When and by whom is still undecided, but it will. With Halo: ODST looking pretty good and Halo Wars being proof that the series can do well without FPS elements, I think a new Halo will be inevitable. I'd love something with the same action as Halo, though with a more interesting plot, potentially more characters, guns and vechiles. Because remember: It's just not a good game until you have nunchucks with chainsaws on the end.

2: Resident Evil 6
Yes, I'm very impatient. I'll confess to having not played RE5 (bar the demo) yet, but I still want this game. I've enjoyed the Resident Evil series greatly, and I'd still enjoy this game, no matter if RE5 turns out to be a turd when I buy it. Alternatively...

3: Left 4 Dead 2
This could satifsy my zombie killing lust. I played the first on PC and will soon be getting it for 360, so until then I'll just hope that this comes out ASAP so I can play it and the first in a happy congealed mess.

4: An Imaginative FPS
Since Halo was the success it was, we're going to have more and more publishers desperately seeking a way to bleed it dry. There's been so many FPS's it's getting slightly dull now. I'm tired of being a big hunking space marine, and no matter how pretty you polish it, it's the same as it's always been. I'd love a game which seems really new for an FPS, something like a darker Ratchet and Clank would do nicely.

5: A True-To-Life Historical Game
If anyone knows of one of these, let me know. It could be dull, but if a company could pull off, say, World War I correctly, surely it would be able to pull it off? Just please don't put it in WWII.

6: GTA V
Self explanatory.

7: An Open-World Zombie/Batman Game
Or a zombie game where you play as Batman taking out zombies with batarangs. THAT MUST BE THE SEQUEL TO ARKHAM ASYLUM.

8: A Fully Destructable City Game
This is probably the hardest of the bunch. Red Faction: Guerrilla seems to have made this possible, but how cool would it be set in a city? Think GTA mixed with Red Faction. It's a sure hit.

9: A Fantasy Game That's Not An MMORPG
I really want a game in which it's a fantasy game, but it's not so nerdy or so dull. I don't want to train to be a wizard - I want to hunt giant 50ft skeletons in a labyrinth. That would be brilliance on a disc.

10: Star Wars Battlefront III
Yes, it's announced. But little more has been said since then. It's been to 3 developers. Surely one could make this game?

11: Marvel v D.C.
I can dream.

12: Gears of War 3
Like Halo 4, this is inevitable. It'll come soon enough - hopefully they'll be a gun that shoots chainsaws this time.

13: DC: Ultimate Alliance
Marvel seems to have pulled this off rather well, though I would like to see Batman team up with Superman, Green Lantern and Rorschach - when you actually think about it though, Marvel do have a wider known set of characters. But I think that this could still work.

14: A Samurai Game
A game slightly more complex than Afro Samurai. The wide range of possible gadgets and weapons and ways to use them is incredible, and could make for a great game.

15: Games Worthy of Films
Slightly wider spectrum here. There's very few good games of movies (Wolverine seems the exception) and therefore I long for a good Batman game or a good Terminator game, or even a good Superman game. There's not much available so this is a plea: Please put some effort into these games.

16: Duke Nukem Forever
Yeeeeeah...moving on.

17: Open World Time Traveling Game
I'd love this so much I'd probably end up sleeping with the box. It's incredibly unlikely and hard to make, but wouldn't it be insanely good if at one moment you were at this colossal space ship, and the next in a place like Hooverville? An interesting way to go through the ages.

18: A Non-Micheal Bay Influenced Transformers Game
This surely could do well. The potential is endless.

19: Batman: Arkham Asylum 2
If the zombie game isn't to Eidos's style (and it probably won't be) than a sequel to the forthcoming Arkham would be brilliant. I'm hoping for Batman: Gotham City personally.

20: Insanity On A Disc
So I've asked for a lot of open world games, but this one would top the lot. You could grapple an open window and climb up the wall of an office block, or maybe hook a helicopter and smash it into the streets. Throw a person off a tower and watch them hit the ground. Crash planes into the sea. Use spaceships to blow up the houses of parliament. Fly the Titanic across the sky. This would be the greatest thing in the history of anything ever.

Please let it be made.

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So, I'm trying to write something. Something that feels fresh. Something that has a different spin, like a dark animated film or a funny RomCom.

My aim is something that will give a comparison - like I said, an original. Like the way that Watchmen changed the comic genre with it's grittiness and how Harry Potter changed fantasy. The thing is, everything has been done.

I planned a historical story, in which the world was facing destruction in the 1800s due to a time lapse, giving the past the weapons of the future. Sadly, it's been done. A dark animated film. Great. Tim Burton's 9 got their first.

Superheroes in recluse. Hancock. Lost islands. Jurrasic Park. I'm at a loss for ideas.

My question is, how do you get ideas in this day and age? When everything has (or is in the process of being) done, how can you be original?

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As the title says, I really despise myself at times.

Now this is going to sound like another stereotypical teen moan about life thing, and I'm sorry. But I have a group of 'friends', who are the most immature people I've met, and seem to have nothing better to do than insult me.

Basically, they knock on my door at quarter to nine, they seem to find ways of me supporting Tottenham as an insult, and then insult me more. Woo, good way to start the day.

So I tell myself through the day that I'll do something else. That I won't hang out with them. That I will talk to someone else. But I can't, because even though I like being alone, I prefer to be alone in the privacy of my own home, and not act like a loner with other people that I could hang out with.

But at break they seem to insult me, and make stupid comments:

Me: The thing about Spurs, they're not very good at ending a match...
One of them: Neither does your face.

And it goes on and on like that. Then I had Drama today, basically we were told to put on a circus act. They thought it'd be fun to mess about, which even though I like playing, I'm doing really bad at Drama atm, and it's something I want to have in mind for my options, so a bad grade wouldn't do me any good. So when I say about we should try and do a circus act, one of them just says 'we could just use your face as a circus act.' Hilarious. I die on the inside.

And it goes on and on and on. And I'll tell myself tonight that I'll hang about with someone else, and I won't. And then I'll tell myself tomorrow, and the cycle will continue forever.

ARGH.

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So today I have to stay behind from school, because I can't swallow and I can barely talk, so I've been catching up on some homework and trying a level I keep failing at on Halo to try and ease the pain.

My mum's being nice, very helpful whilst I'm ill. I like being home normally, no little siblings, Tv to myself etc. But today's going to suck.

Me and my 17 year old brother share a room. We've done it forever for some reason, mainly because there's never enough rooms in a house and we have to share. So about 2 years ago, he gets a girlfriend, also named Sam. So they have their love puppy, posting Myspace comments and constant talking for about a year and a half, until the summer where they break up, and then she phones him constantly. Then my brother gets pissed, then I get scared, then he shouts at me. Went on for about 5 months.

Now, he's nice and kissy to her when she's here, but when she's not he hates her. Kind of unimportant, but still. And whenever she comes round, I have to leave my bedroom. Some kind of my brothers rule and I'm very weakwilled, so I accept. This has happened for the past 2 years.

Then my brother gets in an argument with his girlfriends dad, and is banned from her house. So he comes round more, and I'm kicked out more without my 360 and tv and bed, and have to entertain my brother, and although he's cute, he gets very annoying.

She's come round EVERY DAY for the last 3 weeks. EVERY DAY for the last 3 weeks I've had to leave my room. So I decide one day, I'll refuse. And my brother breaks something because I refuse. So I get pushed out (literally) and am sick because he pushed me into the banister.

Today, I'm ill as I stated. Really bad throat, can't swallow, can barely talk. He decides, in his world, that I have to leave today, from my room and bed for 4 HOURS in my ill state. 4 FREAKING HOURS. He says he doesn't think I'm ill even though I've been like this for 4 days and couldn't play in the snow because of it. Then he calls me a 'freaking dumbass', says I have no say in the matter and then leaves to pick her up.

I'm really pissed, really ill, and really weak. I don't know what to do anymore.

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It's funny how a snow day can change your view of yourself.

Today, I had the day off school, because of the worst (or best, however you look at it) snowfall in England for 20 years. There was inches of it, literally a blanket of white. It was incredible, beautiful, something I'd never seen and won't see again for a long time.

So, great. Snowballs, snowmen, scarves and smiles. Everyone was having fun, people making huge snowmen, my little brothers and sisters having the time of their lives in our small back garden, falling over laughing and making snow angels. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Sadly, there was one real thing I realized that I was missing. I don't have a real 'companion'. I don't mean a friend, everyone has friends, but a real friend-friend. Someone who does everything with someone else, who understands you, who likes you for who you are and who isn't a dick to you. They make anything fun.

I've often been a child who has been anti-social and unloving, mainly because I don't like affection. I don't like being hugged, I don't like being kissed. I don't really like talking to people unless I'm bored. I like doing things on my own, and maybe that's why I didn't really enjoy today as much as I should have. Maybe it's why instead of playing out in the white I sat in and watched the BBC Sport Transfer Vidiprinter roll by.

I don't know what's kept me from this. Maybe it's my geeky and obsessive lifestyle. Maybe it's the way I say the wrong things at the wrong time. Maybe it's because I'm simply not likable, I don't know. Maybe it's not even me.

I just sometimes wish I had somebody. But it might be too soon. I just hope that one day, I get my friend. One day.


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'This is my bucket list. All the things I wanna do before I-'
'-kick the bucket.'


This film has made an impact on me. Despite the fact that I haven't seen it.

Just by watching the trailers 2 years ago, I felt that a bucket list is a fantastic idea, and since Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson (or, Lucius and the Joker) did one, I thought I'd oblige too.

So I have one, now. Still in the early stages of development. About 30 things on there at the moment, with still loads more to go. And I'm going to do them.

I'm sure as hell doing them all.

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Lately, I've been trying to get back into writing stories, and after I watched Batman Begins and the Dark Knight, I decided I'd start writing a story about a specific renegade in Gotham City.

The first thing I decided was that it was going to be set in the Nolanverse, a.k.a - Ghul is dead, Two-Face is dead etc. The second thing I decided was that it wasn't going to revolve around a popular character, so no Batman story, no Joker (much as I wanted), and no Robin. And then a certain character appeared through my looks through the certain Wiki's - a very interesting character, unlike all the other villains.

Mr. Freeze is a unique villain, as he has different intentions then any other Batman character. He's not doing it for fun (the Joker, Riddler), he's not doing it because he can't help himself (Killer Croc, Penguin), he's doing it on good intentions for his wife.

Basically, I wanted to give a spin on Mr. Freeze like Nolan did to Two Face. In my story (2,000 words atm, and on chapter 2), it's a slightly different outlook - Ferris Boyle is a bit more dark, Nora is now called Lola (do you know how hard it is to write romantic dialogue with the name Nora?), etc. And in this one, he's been converted against his own will - having to commit crime to ensure his wife's safety.

The reason Mr. Freeze is unpopular is undoubtably because of Batman & Robin (the film, with George Clooner and Chris O'Donnell), and the fact he's portrayed by an austrain robot in a funny suit. This couldn't do anything good for him, so I think this is why he's been overlooked by Nolan, and why he doesn't look like he's going to be in Batman 3.

I'll confess to not seeing any of the animated series, and maybe this gives Freeze a more tragic outlook, but the concept of a man's head with spider legs makes it hard for me to feel empathy. Although I've looked at what the animators/writers have said about him, he looks a bit too cartoony.

My idea of Mr. Freeze is that he's a poor man, who just wants to do what's best, before being corrupted by Boyle and his men. Think Darth Vader/Palpatine. I hope I'll have completed parts 2 & 3 by the end of the week, so then I might post the first bit.

I'll eventually (or hopefully) get round to maybe writing about some other villains soon. The Riddler intrigues me, as does Harley Quinn and the Joker double (I'm picturing Harley as the Joker's long lost wife, which drove him to insanity).

But they'll have to wait. Mr Freeze is first. So, I'll post the start at the end of the week hopefully, so keep an eye out - I'll link to it here or somewhere.

:)


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When I got up this morning (30 minutes late due to my alarm clock), my little brother came in, shouting about advent calenders, and 'Where's my Bart Simpson Calender?!' And then I realised. It's December already.

Bloody hell, this year's gone by fast.

So, when I'm sitting in my Science lesson, I'm just thinking about the year, and how quickly it's gone, and what I can actually remember from it. So, I've tried to make a list of 5 things that really stood out this year.

5: Lewis Hamilton winning the F1. Was probably all the news footage the day after that kept it in my mind.

4: All the hype before and after 'The Dark Knight' aired. Maybe because all the Joker fangirls TALKING ABOUT IT EVERYWHERE.

3: Michael Phelps rampage in Beijing, and Usian Bolt pretty much breaking the human speed barrier.

2: Everything about the LHC and CERN. Seriously, how stupid were some of us?

1: 1 surely has to be Obama winning the election.

So, that's all I've really got about this year. It's gone past really quick, and I don't have that many memories of it.

What do you lot remember about this year then?


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The Midnight Hour

This just struck me, so it probably makes no sense, but I'm currently in the middle of my 'Midnight Hour'. I'm guessing most people have this. It's an hour, usually late at night or early in the morning, when time seems to last forever, or just seems to fly by.

I'm guessing most people have a 'Midnight Hour'. I find my Midnight Hour is when I'm either lying in bed, trying to get to sleep, or when I'm on the computer at Midnight, trying to stay awake.

Basically, it's a period of time where you try to do anything to get rid of your boredom/go to sleep, and you end up just lying down, staring into space. And you start thinking. You don't need to even be thinking of anything in particular, just staring into space.

And the strangest ideas hit you. The strangest concepts, like my 'Midnight Hour'. The different things you think, and worry about, or are angry about just fly across your mind. It's effectively a day-dream, or a non-minded brain storm - when anything or everything is possible.

Right now, I'm sitting at my laptop, wanting to go to bed, but I can't, because I'm not tired. And I keep finding myself zoning out, thinking of all these odd concepts. And I find it's usually when I'm in this mode, I get my best ideas for stories or general things that I try to use.

Does anyone else ever find themselves zoning out, with time either waiting or rushing past, just thinking? Nothing else, just lying back, thinking about anything and everything?

I'm annoyed, this has got me all interested in stuff. I suppose, in the Midnight Hour, you'll think anything.


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I've come to the conclusion that most people on msn are idiots.

Not all of them, I'll make that clear - some people on msn are very nice to talk to. But I always find there's a few dumbasses who seem to never get the picture.

There's 3 types of msn annoyances.

1: People who types like 'Hi m8, wuu2 - u gun movii 2nite?', which is both hard to read and really annoying,

2: The people who continue to send you winks/stuff to be downloaded, despite you saying you don't want it, and

3: The idiots who post 'r u der, r u der' every freaking second, and keep nudging me.

Maybe I'm just adding the wrong people.

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OK, maybe I should say something worthwhile in this blog rather than just a general, every day common stereotype moan.

I think I have a small problem, in which I laugh hysterically when I am performing in Drama, or just speaking to the class in school. It's usually at the worst time too - like today, in R.E., I laughed when I was told to explain what to do about Child Labour. It's not really good when you're standing up, laughing for no apparent reason whilst 25 other kids look at you and think you're a dick.

It's nearly Christmas - I know it is, the adverts have started. I feel let down by this Christmas for some reason - not only has my Tottenham advent calender not got a number 25 door, I just haven't really felt that excited for Christmas. I'm not really excited for my birthday either - strange for me, I'm usually really excited.

But I don't know what it is about this year. Maybe I'll feel more festive when I get to the 20th or so. Maybe I'm growing up.

...Crap.


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No. I'm not going to start a blog. I refuse to start a blog, then when I turn to 15 create a MySpace and act 'emo' for attention whilst having my Cascada CD blaring out of my speakers, and pretend to shut myself out from the outside world.

Eh, this couldn't hurt I guess. I'm Sam, I'm 12 years of age and I think I'm the living definition of a geek. Most of the girls at my school don't like me/use me for practical jokes, because either:

a) They know that I had an incredibly unhealthy obsession with Doctor Who throughout most of Year 5 and 6, or that

b) I'm such a geek I'm in Set 1 (or the top class) for everything except PE (in which I am Set 2) or

c) They know I'm weird, and a complete weakling.

In all honesty...I don't mind being a geek. I really don't care. Of course, my first point is bad (but let's be honest, we've all had a really bad obsession with something at one point), but I like the fact I'm smart. Yes, I get bullied with insults, but...I really don't care. Let them throw insults at me basically, if being a geek helps me with my ambition (writing television series for the BBC - I know I'm aiming high, but apparently I can accomplish it), then I really don't care.

So, sorry if I wasted your time, I'm Sam and I'll probably be on here a lot, rambling for ever and ever. I hope that I'm at least a tiny bit entertaining.

Thanks for reading, and adios. :)


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2009 was a pretty average year for gaming. It wasn't awful, some great games still came out of it - Batman, Modern Warfare 2, Uncharted 2 and Trials HD for a few. Definatly not bad, but no where near as good as the prior year and definatly not as good as the upcoming year.

We are now in space year 2010, a year that is set to be the best for gaming since...a while ago. Many, many, MANY great games are set to come out in the 365 days (well, 358 days from this post) so get a pen and paper and note down what interests you. We'll start with the games and releases of January, February and March - also known as Q1.

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January




The first game of the decade worth nothing (apoligies, Divinity 2: Ego Draconious) is Darksiders, formally known with the subtitle 'Wrath of War'. Darksiders is about the end of the world - the four horsemen of the apocalypse have come down to spread terror and fear into the hearts of man. You play as War, the first horsemen whose job it is to find out who caused the premature destruction of our planet. War loses his powers and has to fight angels and demons in an attempt to find out the truth. Sounds pretty good.

A day later, Bayonetta came out (in UK land, unlike where the US got it several days before and the Japanese several months before) and has received mammothly good reviews. Last time I checked it had a 93/100 score on Metacritic, so that's something to be proud of. You control the titular character Bayonetta, a witch (what is it with January and legions of hell) who is dressed in hair and has pistol boots. Sounds great.

Army of Two: The 40th Day is looking a lot better than it's predecessor - new voice actors, new places to shoot people and more hippos to hide behind - I'd expect 7/10 reviews on that one. On the same day Dark Void flies in (jesus that was a forced pun) shooting at flying stuff whilst operating a het pack and doing manuevers in mid-air - just don't invite a friend who goes onto the internet often as they may say 'DO A BARREL ROLL' so often you'll probably scream. The demo's pretty fun, I say check it out before purchasing.

No More Heroes 2 is the only Wii game out this month bizzarly, but it's a Wii exclusive of a pretty well received game, so probably will be good. I...uh, I never played the original, so should probably go and watch a trailer for it or something before you buy it because I only have a small idea of what it is.

M.A.G. comes to us this month, and...I'm sorry, PS3 fans...I just don't feel that excited about it. 256 player online is a good concept but it's effectively just Battlefield, only with dicks and angry eleven year olds screaming at you. I say if you want it, buy it - but don't get too excited.

The biggest release this month is Mass Effect 2. The original is still setting on my shelf, not been played since I purchased it in June - however, a friend of mine is seemingly more hyped for this than any other game, and having seen some gameplay I have to agree - it does look amazing. Possibly a Game Of The Year contender only 29 days in?

Smaller release: Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond looks like it might be alright possibly. :P




February




Star Trek Online comes out on the 2nd, promising about five people some time away from WoW to play on another game. It kind of tells you how much of a success Blizzard have made when two (The Old Republic, despite lookig awesome has the same problem) of the most famous franchises ever created aren't even expected to make a dent in the WoW mountain. I hope that it will, but since Age of Conan and Lord of the Rings didn't, should we be surprised if this doesn't either? Probably not.

A return to Rapture is then seen to in BioShock 2, arguably the most anticipated multi-platform game so far. The singe player promises more delights and the multiplayer can only improve the experience - it may be one of few games that little squealers and general dicks will not leave Call of Duty or Halo for - Left 4 Dead 2, not so lucky.

I think I've heard more about the bad publicity about Dante's Inferno than I have about the actual game itself. All I know so far is that by playing the demo, it seems like a repetive hack-and-slasher with hellish elements (boobies, evil babies, evil babies coming out of giant evil boobies) designed to make people uncomfortable or just to piss off Michael Atkinson.

That brings me to Aliens vs. Predator, and whilst it looks awesome, why was AvP nearly banned in the land of Oz but Dante's Inferno managed to slip the net? Anyway, it looks great and the multiplayer promises to give something new with a effective three-way-battle, even though most people will want to be the Predator.

Heavy Rain. Heavy Rain looks like the PS3's first promising exclusive of the year (again, not counting M.A.G.), giving a story that will be reminicint of Max Payne and Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy), whilst giving enough choices to rival Mass Effect 2. The cinematic side seems to be the games major selling point, but cinematic's don't always work in games - WET and Halo 3: ODST are my examples. Still, it looks like it will bring something different and overall looks pretty amazing.

My most anticipated game of February however (possibly the year) is Splinter Cell: Conviction. I remember seeing the gameplay at E3, and I was just blown away with how good it looks. Amazing detail, great elements, mixing what made the original great and the newness of Double Agent. Overall, be very, very excited.




March




I wonder if the hype for Modern Warfare 2 will have died down by the time that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 out. EA will have probably known what they were going up against, so they've upped their game to include more destruction on par with that of Red Faction: Guerilla, and the multiplayer has been improved in any number of ways. It looks great, and that's all that's neccesary.

The lego games have always been at the very least fun - Lego Batman was really enjoyable, as was Lego Indy and the two Lego Star Wars were two of my favourite games on the original Xbox. So should we have been surprised when Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (obviously leading the way for sequels) was announced? Probably not. The lego series could possibly be getting a bit tiresome, but as long as it's enjoyable, I'm sure we can enjoy the forumula for a bit long.

Arguably the most anticipated game of Q1 is the juggernaut Final Fantasy XIII. I'll be honest in having never played a FF game - mainly because they never appealed to me. However, I'd say go for it if you're a fan of the franchise - I'm sure you'll enjoy it whatever it is. The announcement of it coming to Xbox 360 lead me to become interested and after playing Dissidia on a friend's PSP, and that Final Fantasy 7 will be available on the PlayStation Network (if I do ever get my PS3 :P). Check it out, I guess.

Pokemon's always been a favourite of mine, and Pokemon Gold is one of my favourite games ever - so should the announcements of remakes for the DS excite me? Uhhhh...not really. Pokemon: HeartGold and SoulSilver don't neccesarily look bad, but just not much of an improvement. That won't stop it from making a Gazillion Jillion dollars, but don't expect a massive change, other than prettier graphics and some new touch screen gimmicks.

Now in reverse of that, Metro 2033 actually really does interest me. It looks like a shooter where the emphasis will be on the atmosphere rather than just shooting weird mutants. It's looking remarkably similair to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series (made by the same people) but that shouldn't stop it being really good and at times, genuinly creepy.

Last game of the quarter is Just Cause 2. Let me say this now - I thought the original Just Cause was amazing. It was fun, it was silly and despite the story being a bit off, it was still great. Just Cause 2 looks like it will continue all of that and give more crazy as hell stuff to do. GTA in Argentina? Can't go wrong.




So that's Q1. I'll try and do Q2 whenver I can, but what with release dates changing constantly, it might be a bit tricky. Ah well. This was a good way to waste an hour and a half. :P

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