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  • My Ten Favorite (Not "Best") Games Of All Time

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    All of the discussion we had while putting together the Top 200 Games of All Time got me thinking about my favorite games ever. Here's the ten I've had the most fun with in my life...although not necessarily what I consider the ten "best" ever made.

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  • Get A Rare Achievement And Free Loot In GI Borderlands Session

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    I mentioned in my print review of Borderlands that I'd be offering a rare achievement and some nice weapons to our readers, so here's the info. Send me an Xbox Live friend request at ExileOnMassSt with "GI Borderlands" in the message, and I'll begin sending game invites to readers starting at 10pm CST on Sunday, November 22nd (I cleared room for about 24 people, so if you don't get added that means it's filled up). I'll be online until midnight at least, and I'll keep rotating participants every 30 minutes. Immediately upon joining the game, you'll receive the "...And They'll Tell Two Friends" achievement for playing with someone that has played with an employee of Gearbox. In addition, I'll be giving out plenty of free loot and weapons. This will be on a fairly high level playthrough, so bring your best character if you're interested. See you in Pandora! More

    Find out how you can get the "And they'll tell two friends" achievement and some free weapons this Sunday in Pandora.

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  • DK Mode Throughout American History

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    If you're in your mid-20s like me, there's a good chance you spent entirely too much time in junior high playing Goldeneye 007 on the Nintendo 64. While it had a massive assortment of cheats, the easiest to achieve was certainly DK Mode. Rare had the Donkey Kong license, so they decided to include this comical mode that made every character's body proportions match those of DK. In honor of Goldeneye 007, we take a look at DK Mode throughout American history. More

    If you're in your mid-20s like me, there's a good chance you spent entirely too much time in junior high playing Goldeneye 007 on the Nintendo 64. In honor of its most attainable cheat, we take a look at DK Mode throughout American history.

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  • We All Suck At Fighting The Boss Of Tekken 6

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    Tekken 6 is a fun fighting game. However, it subscribes to the old "the final boss needs to be ludicrously cheap" mindset that's been in place as long as the genre has existed. From Shao Kahn to Street Fighter IV's Seth, the overpowered boss with almost impossible-to-block attacks has been a staple that even hardcore fighting fans can have trouble with. More

    After being bested by Tekken 6's Azazel a downright silly amount of times, I thought I'd pull some other GI staffers in to see how they fared against the spiky beast's lasers, somersaults, and spikes. Here are some choice words they had to say during their experience.

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  • Texts From My Father As He Plays Resident Evil 4

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    My dad (who some of you might remember from this) is not exactly a hardcore gamer. As a kid, I managed to get him into a few SNES titles, namely Super Mario Kart, Ken Griffey Jr's MLB, and Link to the Past. Once I grew up and left the house, he completely stayed away from gaming. However, like so many casual or non-gamers, he was fascinated by the Wii and bought one a couple of years ago. Considering he had shown interest in quality titles in the past, I thought I'd take a shot in the dark and get him Resident Evil 4 for his birthday and see what he thought of it. Despite being completely separated from the gaming world for almost a decade, he somehow got addicted to it. Here are the (safe for work) texts I've received from him so far regarding his experience: More

    My dad is not exactly a gamer by any stretch of the imagination. He recently bought a Wii, and I thought I'd introduce him to a classic by getting him RE4 for his birthday. Here are the texts I've received as he plays through the game.

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  • WWE Community Creations Offers Countless Possibilities For Longtime Wrestling Fans

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    Ever since create-a-wrestler debuted in WWF Warzone for the Nintendo 64 and PSone, the mode has been a staple in virtually every wrestling game. I remember tinkering with it obsessively back then, as the game was released at the height of the "Attitude" era of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, D-Generation X, etc. Subsequent WWF (and later, WWE) games have always built upon this feature, allowing for increasing levels of customization for your characters. This led to the birth of a huge "CAS" (create-a-superstar) community online. Gamers shared formulas on how to create celebrities and fictional characters, and the most rabid and active wrestling fans created new superstars and retired legends. If Bret Hart is your favorite wrestler and you'd love to play through a season mode with him, his creation "recipe" was just a Google search away. Obviously, the publishers of the games can't include non-contract grapplers directly, but CAS has always provided fans with the tools to make them on their own. More

    With Smackdown vs. RAW 2009's new creation options, the tools are in place for sports entertainment fans to make this year's installment an especially enjoyable one.

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  • If You Play Video Games, This AARP Video Might Give You An Aneurysm

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    I don't have a problem with old people playing video games. It seemed like an impossible occurrence a few years ago, but since its release the Wii has popped up in nursing homes across the country. That's all well and good, but disaster strikes whenever the elderly attempt playing a game with controls more complex than "hey, swing this thing grandpa." More

    Since its release, the Wii has popped up in nursing homes across the country. That's all well and good, but disaster strikes whenever the elderly attempt playing a game with controls more complex than "hey, swing this thing grandpa."

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  • How To Disrupt A College Lecture Hall

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    Our shark suit got its share of use throughout my college years, with the most memorable being our attacks on the university's biggest lecture hall. We'd get prepared in the bathroom, then time the attack perfectly, sprinting through the room mid-lecture. We managed to get a few of these attacks on tape.

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  • How To Win $40 By Exploiting Your Lack Of Athletic Ability

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    Like most gaming nerds, I've never exactly been a natural athlete. In three years of playing intramural basketball, I think I scored a total of five points. I thought I'd give wrestling a shot in high school and was promptly injured and unable to continue. Hell, I have a bag of ice on my knee as I type this, and I haven't even participated in so much as a brisk walk in weeks. So yeah, long story short, I'm no LeBron James (I'd imagine even Kevin James could beat me soundly in one-on-one).

    A couple of years ago, I ran into an issue with my friend Dom. We were playing Wii Tennis at my apartment when he became overly exuberant and accidentally heaved the remote into the side of my oven. The remote broke, so naturally I requested $40 from him. Problem is...Dom is cheap. The $40 wouldn't come easy. More

    A couple of years ago, I ran into an issue with my friend Dom. We were playing Wii Tennis at my apartment when he became overly exuberant and accidentally heaved the remote into the side of my oven. The remote broke, so naturally I requested $40 from him. Problem is...Dom is cheap. The $40 wouldn't come easy.

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  • Oh Well...It's Tim Turi #1

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    Some of you may have seen Tim Turi's hands-on review of the PSPgo that went up yesterday. I had the pleasure of shooting and editing that video, which means I was blessed with the experience of wading through 40+ minutes of footage featuring Mr. Turi exhibiting his raw, natural onscreen presence. Considering the video was about two minutes long, that leaves a lot on the cutting room floor. Therefore, this will probably be an ongoing topic on my blog for as long as I shoot video of him. Below is the first highlight reel of Tim Turi doing what he does best. More

    Some of you may have seen Tim Turi's hands-on review of the PSPgo that went up yesterday . I had the pleasure of shooting and editing that video, which means I was blessed with the experience of wading through 40+ minutes of footage featuring Mr.... More
  • My April Fool's prank on my dad last year

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    Now that I live in Minneapolis, my family back in KC doesn't have to worry about putting up with my elaborate, time-consuming pranks anymore.  This is my favorite. More

    Now that I live in Minneapolis, my family back in KC doesn't have to worry about putting up with my elaborate, time-consuming pranks anymore. This is my favorite. More
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