Just got this in my inbox and had to share:

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HAY GUYS ^____________^

Two Worlds II is coming out in a little over a month! *gasp*

And I would like to start a brand new tradition for the titles I look after. Other pubs, they might send fancy bottles of wine and Angus steaks and trips to Hawaii and water bottled from the tears of virgin fairies and shit like that with review packets. Well, F that! I’m going to hand-deliver a review copy to one lucky individual at their home or place of work to those of you who opt-in to get the chance to be stalked receive this ==ZOMG SUPER VIP TREATMENT==.

Here’s how it will work:

-Confirm your review copy of Two Worlds II along with address and platform(s), and let me know you want to opt-in to PROJECT “SPECIAL” DELIVERY between now and 12/31

-I will choose my unfortunate victim destination via random.org on January 1, 2011, and grin evilly and be one of those peeps who like, inappropriately laughs to themselves for no reason while walking down the street and thinking of my visit to your hizzayyyyyyyyyyyy

-Sometime between now and January 25th, I’ll announce the date that I’m making my fateful journey

-THE WINNER WILL BE A SEKRIT (LAWL PR SECRETS LAWL) literally until I show up on your doorstep on that day. FEEL FREE TO INTERNET DETECTIVE ALL YOU WANT! *shakes fist at the sky*

-I may release some clues as to where the heck I am going before PROJECT “SPECIAL” DELIVERY commences, but who the hell knows because I generally don’t plan most random things I do outside of about 5 seconds before they actually happen. :P If I do, it will be via my twitter. ;)

-Yes, Canada is OK. Have passport, will brave the arctic tundra. FOR YOU.

-<3s will be had, as well as high-fiving over 9000 times.

Alright! So if I haven’t completely scared you off by now, if you’d like to opt-in to the contest for great roflmao and win, write me back with your review copy info and let me know that you are SO IN OMG!

Xo

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Of course I applied.

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Yep, more busyness to report -- last week we released our PC & Console Gamer Holiday Guide 2010 as you probably know (definitely check it out if you haven't though -- I enjoy it as a buying guide and a retrospective). Staff has been harder at work than ever, I think. This week is definitely a breath of fresh air, not that there's any shortage of interesting things happening or coming up.

Since it's been another while since the last report, I'll do my best to deliver only the essentials.

Upcoming reviews: Arcania, Gothic 4 (waiting on a performance patch), Gran Turismo 5, Fist of the North Star, Dragon Ball 2, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (should get this early), Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3 review then PC-centric review), Beat Hazard Ultra (early next year), Donkey Kong Country, Marvel Superhero Squad, Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom, Sonic Colors, Marvel stuff from Sega, Epic Mickey.

Making lots of progress with Konami (loved our Lords of Shadow review, big contest incoming), Capcom (loving my mod and tweak guides and also LP2 review -- very gratifying as a fan, fulfilling as a writer), Bethesda, Microsoft, Sony, MTV, Nintendo -- 2011 will be the year of Neoseeker!!! No really, it should be huge, though. :)

Upcoming features/contests: New Vegas playthrough -- I'll be documenting my playthrough accompanied by screenshots and gampelay videos. I'll make it fun, don't worry. Might pair it with a contest -- readers share their best stories for New Vegas swag. Besides that we've got six New Vegas Steam codes to give out, Lords of Shadow copies and maybe other stuff, Lost Planet 2 codes...and a bunch of other stuff I can't even keep track of at the moment. Also it's the last day for our Black Ops contest.

Wikis: The Fallout: New Vegas wiki is getting lots of love from user Paradox and myself, and will be getting even more this week. The entire staff basically is obsessed with the game, to be honest. If you have the PC version (or will be getting it from our upcoming contest..), you'll be very interested to check out the mod guide I've drawn up. I've seen every guide like it I think so far and I honestly believe it's the definitive resource for the community's best at the moment, and I intend to keep it that way by updating compulsively.

Highlights:

All of the really noteworthy reviews are in the holiday guide, so here's the news:


Hm, come to think of it, a monthly report seems best. What do you think?

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It's been almost a month since my last report -- rather busy, indeed. I'm going to make an effort to have these up weekly as originally planned.

Let's get to it.

Upcoming reviews: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Lost Planet 2 (PC), Medal of Honor (PC), Kirby's Epic Yarn (probably), Vanquish, God of War: Ghost of Sparta (should be published very early -- this is pleasing), Gran Turismo 5 (probably), Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Arcania. Unfortunately LucasArts has declined us again this year, but we're working on it.

Planned coverage: X-Men: Destiny (possibly)

Wikis: BioShock Infinite wiki is started. I'll be getting into the Dragon Age series and Bad Company 2 wikis after this big batch of reviews. Lydia won't be working on the Guild Wars 2 wiki for about a month (same for news) -- feel like helping out? Leo is going to be touching up the Phantasy Star Portable 2 wiki as the design is borked.

Highlights:

A lot since last time, so bear with me. Lastly, I'm proud to announce we can call Heath Flor a 'professional' reviewer now. He's not going anywhere. :)

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Another busy week and another belated report. :)

Upcoming reviews: Atelier Rorona, Phantasy Star Portable 2, F1 2010, Etrian Odyssey 3, Dead Rising 2, Lost Planet 2 (hopefully), Civilization V (hopefully), Blade Kitten, RUSE, Top Gun, Valkyria Chronicles II, HAWX 2 -- and probably a few others!

Planned coverage: Section 8: Prejudice, Elemental post-mortem (not confirmed yet), NBA 2K11 feature, Vindictus preview.

Wikis: Gonna start up a Battlefield 3 wiki in addition to fleshing out the Bad Company 2 wiki and Dragon Age wiki (going to work on the gameplay tips guide -- can't wait!). Once Lydia isn't so busy with reviews she'll get back to Guild Wars 2 -- why not help out in the meantime? :) Leo is settled on the Valkyria Chronicles series wiki, especially with VC3 coming.

Highlights:

Halo: Reach review - worthy of the hype, it seems!
Amnesia: The Dark Descent review - a must for horror fans
Shadows of the Damned - like Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, No More Heroes, and/or Silent Hill? Then you'll want to check this one out.
Witcher 2's nude woman torture scene being reconsidered - some English vs. North American drama :)

On a sidenote, our hardware side is in a bit of a state at the moment. If you didn't catch the notices on Twitter/FB, you should check out our affiliate Overclocker's Club for the next while until things get back to normal:

http://overclockersclub.com
http://twitter.com/occnews
http://facebook.com/OverclockersClub

They're good people!

If you're curious on the backstory, basically it's just the usual ebb and flow -- some folks are leaving because of school and whatnot, so our new guy Chris Ledenican is taking on pretty much all of the new hardware reviews, with no time for news. We hope to get sorted sooner than later.

Also, a great PC developer by the name of Arcen (AI War, Tidalis) is in financial trouble -- I strongly recommend you pick up their game or games, spread the word, etc. They're very community oriented and it'd be a shame to see them go under.

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I'm beginning to think many reviewers and also readers of reviews feel the point of a review is to look for things to hate about a game. This is particularly inspired by my Elemental review and the sentiment surrounding the game all throughout the gaming community, but by our reviews at Neoseeker in general and the subsequent reactions to them by some folks (the rest of you are great and we dearly appreciate the love).

This is not a self-righteous 'I do things this way, everyone else does it this way -- they are dumb haw haw haw' post, it's just to shed a little...sanity on the situation.

I should preface this by saying I've never analyzed my reviews before and am expressing this as I go. It might seem like a terrible way to go about things, but it really works best for me in all aspects of life, and I think it works best for a lot of readers too, in the case of Neoseeker content.

When I review, what I take in and what I write is primarily determined by two things: capitivation and fun. They can be closely tied of course, and I use both terms loosely. The point is this: I don't look for reasons to slam a game, I let myself experience it and write impressions based on that experience. I do the same with film and music and just about everything really.

Of course, it's not that I won't criticize a game. Obviously that's necessary. But this is about organics. If after or while letting myself experience a game I find it difficult to get into, or just generally unenjoyable, I'll go over the reasons why without overanalyzing to death.

Risen comes to mind. This was a game that really blew me away. Just standing in the middle of a field was a thoroughly captivating experience. Of course I won't give a game a 9.5 because standing in a field feels awesome, but moments like that comprise a very captivating experience. I feel similarly about shooters, believe it or not -- you know, that 'one more round' saying, then three hours later you realize you're overdue for sleep.

In the case of Elemental, I really don't want to get into semantics, but I'll just say this: yes, there is room for improvement. But I stand by my review. And if you're the numerical type: that's pretty much what the 1.0 left over is for.

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Sorry I haven't been keeping up with these folks, it's been a very busy couple of weeks.

Here are the highlights of news and reviews you may have missed:

- Kane & Lynch 2 review (brutal, and not in a good way)

- Lara Croft & The Guardian of Light review (lovely)

- Mafia 2 featurette: The 50s and Beyond (a neat look at some of the features and behind the scenes design stuff)

- Atari + Wizards of the Coast make up, working on new Neverwinter Nights game, likely Planescape, Baldur's Gate re-releases coming soon

- CryEngine 3 can use up to 8 CPU cores

- Risen 2 announced (RPG fans, pay attention)

- Battlefield 1943 still coming to PC, 2142 patch coming soon (something to tide you over until Battlefield 3!)

- Microsoft declares return to PC

- StarCraft 2 multi monitor goodness

And what's coming this week/soonish:

- Mafia 2 tweak/performance guide today or tomorrow
- Mafia 2 review (2K sent the 360 version, need PC copy which should be here any day)
- Elemental review (lots of early impressions, but I'm waiting for the day 0 patch coming today to really start...lots of important stuff in there)
- Likely we'll have an Elemental contest next week
- Misc reviews: Ys Seven, Worms Reloaded (Thurs), Shank, Ivy the Kiwi, Sam & Max (Monday)
- Still working on new homepage design. Currently in the polishing stage.
We hope to have it ready within a month or two.

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Quite a bit of stuff happening this week and in the future in Neoseeker land.

- Dany and Lydia will be attending the Call of Duty: Black Ops preview event September 1.
- Mafia 2 feature/interview thing.
- Sega contest.
- Fable III interview.
- Razer + Nyko peripheral coverage.
- CPU cooler review.
- More Guild Wars 2 wiki love.
- Metroid: Other M preview.
- Alien Breed wiki has been canceled. :(
- Our news recruitment drive has been going okay. For now we've got Dom back on the team...we will see how that works out.
- Possible changes to our review score system. Feel free to leave feedback here on what you'd like to see.

Confirmed reviews: Ivy the Kiwi, Ys: The Oath in Felghana, Mafia 2, Monday Night Combat, Sam & Max Season 3, Quake Live (probably), Kane & Lynch 2 (probably).

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In the second installment of what I'm calling the Neoseeker report, I'll again be going over what you can expect in the near future from the staff.

- Aksys reviews (BlazBlue, Deathsmiles, Record of Agarest War)
- More Elemental hands-on coverage (part one is here)
- Need for Speed World review tomorrow (sorry, numerous things have delayed it)
- Metroid: Other M preview (leochan and I will be heading to a hands-on event and chatting a bit with Nintendo about the game this week)
- Frictional Games interview about "unfun" games (they created the awesome, scary and upcoming Amnesia -- our preview)
- Mafia 2 feature/Q&A
- Guild Wars 2 wiki love
- Dragon Age 1 + 2 wiki love
- At least three hardware reviews this week
- Starcraft 2 features/editorials

We're also looking for a news writer on the east coast or in Europe/the UK. If you know somebody or are somebody, get on it. :)

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This is the first in a series of weekly updates I'll be doing, updating you on the latest Neoseeker happenings from the editorial staff. For those of you who don't know me, I'm the Managing Editor for Neoseeker. Let's get started. :)

Our staff has undergone some changes and rearrangements and whatnot lately, so everything is a lot more streamlined and efficient, and the quality of our news and reviews is I would say now standardized and of high quality. Very pleased about this. Besides higher quality and consistent writing, there will be more of everything happening: contests, reviews, giveaways on Facebook and Twitter and forums, and so on.

So what's on the plate this week?

Confirmed/upcoming content: Fallout: New Vegas review, Crysis 2 review, Arc Rise Fantasia review, Elemental beta coverage and interview, Hydro Thunder XBLA review (and possibly giveaway), Guild Wars 2 interview, Move preview, Dead Rising 2 preview.

There's also the usual hardware reviews (a big mouse review and an SSD review this time).

On the wiki front, we'll be working on Guild Wars 2 and Dragon Age and Dragon Age 2. Of course, these are community-fueled, so you are more than welcome to contribute.

As you may have heard, we're also working on a radical redesign of the homepage to make everything more pleasant and efficient. It's still in the early stages, but already we're pleased with it.

That's all for this week. Feel free to leave questions, feedback, or ideas for coverage we may not have thought of (keep in mind we have a pretty good eye on everything, but there's always that underground gem we'll happen to miss).

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Just got this email in my inbox:

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Did you know that Poo Snakes are made of piles of poo that have been infected with a parasite? These create a symbiotic being that is basically a sentient poo. If you think you can handle destroying a few Poo Snakes, then I have some news for you!

D3Publisher’s upcoming poo-filled adventure video game, Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow, is an epic action role-playing game that gives players the power to control phantom shadows that mirror the actions of their masters providing players with miraculous strength and magical powers. We’ve included some “poo facts” about the Poopie Cube world in Blue Dragon for you to share with your readers:



Poo Facts:

· Poo Snakes are made of piles of poo that have been infected with a parasite. These create a symbiotic being that is basically a sentient poo.

· Poo Snakes have short tempers.

· Poo Snakes love shiny things and rare minerals.

· More powerful Poo Snakes can transform into Metallic Poo Snakes.

· Poo Snakes often store items within their own bodies which they can release at will.

Thanks,

Blake the Poo Master
This job is truly great sometimes.

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After far too many 3-6 hour play sessions, I've finally completed my review of Risen for the site:



If you don't know about it, it's a PC RPG (coming to Xbox 360 in a few months), and is a spiritual successor to the Gothic games, which are simply fantastic.

The more attentive of you will notice it's my second review, when I said the first (for The Path) would be my only one. This was due to me being a stubborn arse that refused to score games. I still hate scores but I figured to heck with it, I would quit being a jerk and take one for the team. ;)

I don't plan to ever think very hard about the scores, or even take them remotely seriously; the intelligent folks will know from reading the review whether or not it's something they want to play, I think. But you know, Metacritic yadda yadda. :P

As I mention in the review, I didn't get time to complete the game, unfortunately. It would've taken another week at least for that, I'm guessing, so I cut myself off at an appropriate time and came out with what I feel is a pretty solid review. Hard work for that one, and I'm proud. :)



Basically if you like RPGs I encourage you to read the review, and if it's something you think you might like, try the demo. And if that does it for you, buy Gothic and Gothic II on GOG! Currently the second game is on sale for $7, until Monday. I swear we're not affiliated (though that'd be nice), I just have a healthy obsession for that site.

When I'm not tired as shit, I'll upload the Risen review notes. In the meantime, feel free to click on the images here to go to the gallery I made for the game. I've a bit of a screenshot fetish you may have noticed...

Next up I'll be reviewing another PC RPG: Torchlight. Looks quite promising; I hope it exceeds my expectations, preconceptions, etc. And then another RPG, this one for DS. It's called Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road. It should be relaxing compared to what reviewing Risen has been like (Risen is relaxing, just not to review). The packaging is pretty...

After that, well, just read some excerpts from this week's meeting notes, if you're curious (these are for all reviewers):

Reviews expected this week:
- JU-ON: The Grudge -- Oct. 23
- Kenka Bancho

Next week:
- Shank preview/interview/giveaway -- Oct. 26
- Obscure

Future:
- Need for Speed NITRO (DS)
- EA DS shovelware
- Dragon Age: Origins -- Nov. 3
- Assassin's Creed II -- Nov. 17
- Fort Zombie preview/review


If I'm not mistaken we're also going to be giving away a copy of Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days and that Mario DS RPG soon, too.

Happy trails!

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I've been featured in an article by Tom Ohle, VP of PR and Marketing for GOG.com and CD Projekt RED, for his Evolution of PR website, a personal favourite read of mine.

This one focuses on the marred relationship between public relations (PR) people and journalists in the gaming industry, with suggestions on how to fix it. Give it a read.



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So, all upgraded. In fact, my rig is basically complete now. I'm still getting some stuttering in some games it seems..and after upgrading everything else I suspect the CPU is the problem..I've heard people have had problems with AMD dual core CPUs so I'll probably get a quad core one or something sometime this year..but I'm not remotely in a hurry.

I've been playing a lot of games, of course..new ones and revisiting games I've already beaten, like BioShock:



Another thing I'm extremely happy about is Good Old Games...it's a digital distribution service for PC games if you haven't heard about it already (from me, since I dont shutup about it, or wherever else). I've gotten my tax refund for 2007 back recently (apparently I forgot to do my taxes), and I spent a nice chunk of it there because it's my favourite source for PC games..DRM-free, cheap as hell, contests, and modified to work with modern operating systems..plus they come with a bunch of free crap. So I about doubled my collection this morning after my money went through to Paypal (I dont have a credit card yet, which isnt entirely a tragedy for me):



Sands of Time looks freakin' gorgeous on this monitor by the way:



Augh!

Add that to my own list here on Neo, and you can see I have a sick habit. The list isn't as bad as it looks though..most of the Valve games I got practically free after finding a used copy of Half-Life for cheap..which was apparently apart of a Platinum Collection or something, as I found out upon activating it on Steam. Though it's going to get even worse than it seems once I clear out the want list...

(Hm..I'll probably post a picture of my physical game collection sometime. Too lazy now and I've already posted enough crap today hehe.)

On a related note: I encourage everyone who frequents this site to use the own/want lists...they keep me sane.

So, the second thing is The Path. If you haven't caught it yet, my one and only review was posted for the game last week, a horror title based loosely on Little Red Riding Hood. I highly recommend it if you're looking for something different. And if you're not..give it a shot anyway. :P
(Psst..we have a contest if you wanna win a copy.)

Anyway, I thought it might be neat to kind of show you how I wrote the review. I don't have a laptop so I just wrote notes on paper (remember that?!) while I played, which I kind of like anyway..it reminds me of a simpler time. :)
So, here are the notes:





(You'll have to click them and then click the 'original' button to actually read them.)

At first I was planning on going through the journey of each girl, as you might be able to tell..but quickly realized this would ruin much of the experience. But I used some of those parts in the end, which I'm happy about.

Okay, thats all for now lovelies. Happy trails. Be good to your fellow countrymen and friends from abroad.

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Haven't updated in awhile as I've been busy reviewing and writing and interviewing and not quite settled in OS land, so I'm just gonna make a couple large posts and hope they keep your attention. If you're not fond of a lot of words, feel free to just look at the shiny pictures.

Soo yes, recently I switched to Windows 7 but had to switch back to XP due to repeated blue screens when gaming. Not cool. Hopefully when the release candidate comes out everything will be gravy. I have a thing for desktop screenshots so here is/was mine (it's on my other HD I upgraded to -- 640GB!):



One of my favourite things about W7 is the Aero Peek feature, which comes in real handy:



You can just hover your mouse over any sub-window and it will preview it for you, without you actually ever clicking on it. So you can just go through like 10 windows if you want and see whats up. Its very fast and efficient! :)

I also like the level of customization that comes built in it with it. Thanks to that, I didn't even have to modify my OS theme, I really quite like it how you see above. :)
Between this and countless other things, especially judging from the Engineering W7 blog, it really seems like Microsoft is paying attention to its users and incorporating as much of their feedback as possible into what will be the final product. For a corporation with as massive a userbase as Microsoft, this is a hugely positive thing, and I commend them wholeheartedly for it.

You may notice the desktop images, if you make a couple clicks to their full size, are rather large..because, yes, I finally just got this baby:



(My desktop is inside the picture of the desktop to really mess you up.)

Keep in mind I upgraded from this 15 inch. The new one is lot bigger than it looks in pictures for some reason. But yeah, I'm up to 22''@1680x1050 resolution. It's a whole different world..I'd probably say it is, on many levels, like watching a movie at home versus the theater..or playing a game too, I suppose. :)
Couldn't be happier with it -- got it on sale too. I'd like to thank Kevin for encouraging me to upgrade. While LCDs of this size do cost a lot, it IS worth what you pay, for sure. Of course you have to shop around and research and stuff..

Oh, and this is what it looks like when I mix Drambuie with work (what did you think was in the mug?):



Not a smart idea!

If you wanna read about game things and sort of a 'behind the scenes' thing on my review for The Path, here is a follow-up. :)

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Something amusing has been making the rounds at the office today which I thought I'd let you all in on. It seems an article I quoted yesterday in regards to disbarred lawyer Jack Thompson in the comments section for Lydia's article on the "*bleep* stimulation" game RapeLay found its way to the man himself -- he demanded we remove it and tell him when we do. Everything checks out too, it was him alright.

We've got this site called GameGrep if you haven't heard of it, Jack..should check it out sometime...

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मुक्ति says:
there are eight expansion packs, six different editions, and four spin off SERIES
including
mother*bleep*ing
the sims: ikea home stuff
i told kevin if i was friends with someone and they bought that one i would stop being friends with them
i was addicted to the first one for a couple months about then that was enough for me
no problem with t he main games
but four pages worth?
thats *bleep*ed up
nobody needs that shit
especially not a *bleep*ing ikea themed sims
jesus christ
i want to puke and die
will wright can *bleep* my *bleep*ing *bleep*

PS: To everyone freaking out about the Sims 3 delay -- get a freakin life!

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I've been avoiding posting here lately due to the censorship going on. Personally I dont think posting a humourous image which happens to contain the word "*bleep*" warrants deletion of the post without explanation, indication of who deleted it, and an option for debate with said person. I was considering not posting here anymore, but thing is, I like to, so I will. So for anything that's censored, I'll post something else with an explanation of the given post.

I was partly inspired to write this due to this huge and terribly heartwarming news (please read if at all interested!):

http://www.examiner.com/x-2044-Atheism-Examiner~y2009m1d31-David-Letterman-shows-originally-pulled-Bill-Hicks-segment-after-15-years

(Link to the peformance for non-American users here. Region locking=lame!).

Oh and to the writer -- its extremely easy to just paint him as an atheist. If you actually pay attention to his material, he's very religious and spiritual. Why does attacking the flaws and evils of one religion make you an atheist?


I'm a huge Bill Hicks fan -- he's definitely my favourite comedian (followed closely by George Carlin, Dave Chappelle, Sarah Silverman and David Cross, in no particular order), partly because I relate to him on a personal level so well. I highly recommend checking him out -- there's some full performances up on Google Video.

In the documentary on his life ("It's Just a Ride"), there are some interview clips with Letterman where he says he would've done things differently in retrospect. He seemed truly heartfelt about it, so this is very good to see. Just wondering why it took so long?

Anyway, here's to freedom of speech and beautiful spirits like Bill Hicks.

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Just wanted to say I'm very impressed with the blog content we've been getting around here on the site, especially lately. Some highlights:

- Zeta's current book: the rules of survival

- Stem Cell's informative posts on healthy eating, ethics and advertising, and classic artist portfolios

- the new era's ponderings on life

- RabidChinaGirl's provocative entries, always good for a debate.

- jespromo on murder and soccer

- The Don's story and perspective on family lineage, tragedy, and respect.

(Some of these wouldn't link to the entries in question properly, so I linked to the their main page instead).

And these are just recent ones, really.

So, not to call anyone out for the sake of it or anything, but for people who say our reader's "aren't ready" for explicit posts, that they're juvenile, I say to heck with that. I'm really impressed to see how intelligent you guys really are, and to read all the interesting thoughts here floating about. I strongly feel the blogs are already one of the best features on the site, so props to you folks for helping make it so. :)


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I tried and failed. Anyone wanna do a black/white/red motif for me? :P

Edit: Lydia fixed 'er up. Everyone say 'Thannnk youuu Lydiaaa'. :)

p.s. much as i would enjoy it, i am not sarah silverman.

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So thanks to Kevin I've been playing the crap out of Fallout. I'm enjoying it immensely now and have developed a pretty severe addiction, but the road was not easy...

(Before I get into it -- if you haven't seen the video he posted of that Fallout 3 machinima, please check it out, it will make your day!)

I started getting a freezing error in a particular part of the game on Friday, in an effort to fix it I installed a 3rd party patch..this brought its own bugs, which, long story short, it seemed I could only fix by formatting my computer. I did so, encountered about every problem you can imagine, all to find my problem hadn't gone away (all this took about 24 hours). Surprisingly, I have not smashed my computer into tiny bits!

Anyway, without getting into details, I seem to have fixed everything -- just hoping I don't run into the original freezing error again. I've had to start my game over but that's fine because my first time I had no idea what I was doing (my first 20 minutes or so of playing the game in particular consisted of me wondering "What the hell is this crap!" and clicking away in frustration -- yeah, that's me, your neighbourhood game reporter). By the time I did figure it all out, I was many hours into the game and the cement was set...so, having started a new game, I now have a much sweeter character who is not dying every five seconds, as you can see from the Super Mutant slaughter above and stats below:




Yeah, I like playing as ladies, alright? :)
She's basically a martial artist/healer with brass knuckles. :D
Come to think of it, she's a lot like Sheela from Shining Force II.
Still early into the game, but making steady progress.


So to anyone whose interest has been piqued by Fallout 3, I highly recommend the first game, and presumably the second based on what I've heard (the general consensus seems to be its even better). Just note that it probably won't draw you in instantly -- as Kevin told me, give it a few hours. It's mainly getting the hang of everything, once you've got that down, you're pretty much hooked. This is one game you need to read the manual for before you play.
But yeah, amazing atmosphere, premise/story, music, combat system, etc. Very unique! I think of it as "Diablo for people who don't like Diablo". :)
And nothing against Diablo, I just dont dig it. Though the changes brought to III interest me greatly...

Oh, and just so you know I'm a complete courtesan for Good Old Games (GOG.com) -- this is where I got the game for a cool 6 bucks. I have no financial affiliation with them though so its okay. :)
Once payday hits I'm going for Giants: Citizen Kabuto (freaking hilarious and also pretty!), MDK, MDK 2 (same to both), and I'm considering Colin McRae Rally 2005 (need a good arcadey racer), Earthworm Jim 1 + 2 (how could I not?), Unreal Gold, and Sacrifice. I tried the demo for that last one and I'm not sure what to think...they're all raving about it over there though so I'm curious. I figure it's probably like Fallout in that it doesn't hook you immediately and requires some dedication in learning its intricacies and idiosyncracies. But maybe it's just not my thing! I'm generally not into strategy/RTS type games..but this one seems special. We shall see.

On the note of the blogs and what people can post -- it was great to see many users outspoken on the issue. If you haven't noticed, there are now not one, but two new categories available for you to exercise all your thoughts with. Hurrah. Personally I feel this is a great choice -- while yes, in a way site-related only posts would be cool, our sister site GameGrep already affords this opportunity, no? Speaking of which, I've seen some great blogs here on Neo already and have been making use of that handy 'Grep It' button as such..:)
Great to see people so involved already. Can't wait to see how this evolves. Props to tek and everyone else involved for all the work done.

Hope you all had a pleasant weekend.

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Doot de doot de doot.

Since I'm terrible with initial site entries on my own, I've decided to take a page from huntyr's first one and introduce myself.

Hmm. So yes, my main thing is writing news stories for Neoseeker and GameGrep, though currently I'm also staffing the BioShock wiki. I also do my best to improve the quality of articles and promote the rules on GameGrep by talking with users -- a taxing task at times, to be sure. There are a few other duties, such as occasional beta testing and promoting the site.

Don't really know how much I'll be posting in here as I expect I'll get out most of my gaming love via the sources listed above..hopefully a 'miscellaneous' category pops up in the future..then I'll go to town.

peace,
sean

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Sean Ridgeley

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