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  • Favorite Spike VGA Moment?

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    I was actually kept awake by this year's VGA special. Last year's was a complete mess, but it was actually comedic in its setups, it had great stage presence, funny little skits, a variety of celebrities and bands, and not to mention, some of the best game trailers I've seen in my life. After watching it, I can safely say the best part for me personally would have to go to the scene where Neil Patrick Harris played the piano in memoriam of all the dead game characters that we've left behind us. Priceless gaming humore at its finest. Of course one fantastic twist in gaming choices was that Mass Effect 2, the game practically expected to win every award, especially Game of the Year, lost upsettingly to Red Dead Redemption. I have to agree with the choice, though: everyone loves Mass Effect 2, but I was bored after 3 full playthroughs and we've all seen every possible conversational line in Shepard's linguistic arsenal. Aside from its great gameplay, detailed cutscenes, and its large fight scenes, it just doesn't have the effect that Red Dead Redemption had on me. Red Dead Redemption was more leveled for the general audience of gaming, and it had a lasting campaign, plus a great twist ending that anyone could expect from a classic spaghetti Western. Plus, it has a multiplayer that anyone can find fun in. Who can argue with that fact? But enough about my best thoughts of the show. What did you think of the VGA ceremony this year? Did you have a favorite moment? What did you hate the most about it?

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    I was actually kept awake by this year's VGA special. Last year's was a complete mess, but it was actually comedic in its setups, it had great stage presence, funny little skits, a variety of celebrities and bands, and not to mention, some of... More
  • Yet 5 More Games That I Think Should Have Sequels (Part 2)

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    Oh man, this week was hell. Pure laziness got to me; I just got out of high school this summer and I've taken one easy season break. Phew. Well, time to accomplish something this week; here's the next five in my 20 choice list for game sequels... More
  • 5 More Games That I Think Should Have A Sequel (Part 1)

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    So many games are worthy of second chances. There are some that either don't sell well enough, or just don't have the luckiest of developers. Or, maybe the company didn't realize their unnoticed success, and cut their losses too early. Well, many say that living in the past is unhealthy, but there are some games from better days that belong in the present, showing what they can do with their well-earned, yet fictitious, sequel. Oh, if only they could get their necessary encore. Well their time has come, thanks to the world of blogging. Since I took a 6-month hiatus from all internet forums, I couldn't finish some of the discussions I really wanted to. And one particular blog series I made about games that require sequels always needed its own sequel. Finally, though, I gained a free summer, and since there's time on my hands, I have decided to finish this up once and for all. Since I have already picked 15, I might as well include 20 more to wrap up the blogs. I do know for a fact that most of you probably haven't even read the first two, so their links will be available below; at least study the choices I made in both:

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    So many games are worthy of second chances. There are some that either don't sell well enough, or just don't have the luckiest of developers. Or, maybe the company didn't realize their unnoticed success, and cut their losses too early. Well... More
  • X L R --> <-- A B? Sorry, But I Don't Speak Geek...

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    Games are lacking these days. You heard me, they’re lacking. Oh sure, the majority of games these days have superb graphics, flawless controls, heightened realism, and beautiful storylines. It’s terrible, am I right? Whoa, whoa, don’t... More
  • A Quick Recap

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    I'm back!!! I haven't made a blog in a while, and it's mainly because I've brushed up on my film class skills and made some interesting yet fun short films. All editing was done by me, and I actually acted in one of them and was a reporter for our news video, but that's on a different video. Whatever, it's weird that I'm even posting this, but it took me forever to get these to look great and I just feel like everyone should see it, so just watch 'em.

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    I'm back!!! I haven't made a blog in a while, and it's mainly because I've brushed up on my film class skills and made some interesting yet fun short films. All editing was done by me, and I actually acted in one of them and was a reporter... More
  • Top 5 of 2009

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    I'll keep it brief since I have to leave in a few minutes. Anyone else enjoy the top 10 staff picks, too? Well, I have my own as well. Just so you know, I tried Uncharted 2 and Killzone 2 this week at my friend's house.

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    I'll keep it brief since I have to leave in a few minutes. Anyone else enjoy the top 10 staff picks, too? Well, I have my own as well. Just so you know, I tried Uncharted 2 and Killzone 2 this week at my friend's house. 1. Modern Warfare 2 I'm... More
  • Professional Freerunning...on AC2

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    It's been slow. That's all I can say about the web battle service featured in AC2. Supposedly, on the PS3 version, it works like a charm, but for Xbox-tards like me, we're stuck in this very unusually slow setup. It's cool when you get it to work, especially when you race against one of your friends, but unfortunately, only a few of my friends play it occasionally, and the ones that do are so lazy that creating a Uplay account takes too much out of their schedule. Still, it's better than I thought it would be. The stats system is impressive to say the least, since it doesn't only provide the main details like most typical leaderboards, yet it doesn't force you to go to the website to see them, which is pretty cool. The game itself records everything for you to see while you're playing, so I don't have to drag my laptop upstairs to see what I've got. Still, I've only gotten about 3 clean races out of 10 attempts accomplished over the web battle system only because:

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    It's been slow. That's all I can say about the web battle service featured in AC2. Supposedly, on the PS3 version, it works like a charm, but for Xbox-tards like me, we're stuck in this very unusually slow setup. It's cool when you get... More
  • I'm Level 10!!!

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    I couldn't resist. Everyone has made one about this so far, so why not? If only it was supposed to be 9,000 points instead. Then I could say it's over 9000!!! Still, complimentary funny video just because you showed up.

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    I couldn't resist. Everyone has made one about this so far, so why not? If only it was supposed to be 9,000 points instead. Then I could say it's over 9000!!! Still, complimentary funny video just because you showed up. More
  • What Demo Are You Playing?

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    Well, a lot's going to be happening in 2010, and it's already started now. New demos for the next hot games have been slowly picking up speed, and they've started off with some clinchers. Here's the ones I've been playing so far, and some of them are from 2009 as well, so it's just the ones I'm enjoying.

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    Well, a lot's going to be happening in 2010, and it's already started now. New demos for the next hot games have been slowly picking up speed, and they've started off with some clinchers. Here's the ones I've been playing so far, and... More
  • My Birthday!

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    It may be a waste of a good blog, I know, but there are some fun facts about my birthday none of you know.

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    It may be a waste of a good blog, I know, but there are some fun facts about my birthday none of you know. 1. My birthday is 2 days after Christmas, which gives me twice as many gifts to receive than all of you hahahaha. 2. I'm 17 today, but I'm... More
  • From Starfox To Battlefield?

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    I just want to start off with Happy Holidays to everyone! But, this is just a short idea/blog that I had a while ago when working on my sequels blog. And, just so it's out there, I plan to become a video game designer/developer, so that's why I try and create these ideas. Anyway, back to the point: so I've noticed that people have been psyched for a good Wii FPS title, that actually incorporates multiplayer. Well, I think it could work as a third-person shooter, especially on a new Starfox game. Starfox Assault has a third-person infantry system where you can leave the cockpit and shoot 'em up, and you can use Landmasters and Arwings. My thought was to include a multiplayer to Starfox (if they ever make another one) where Nintendo's Starfox team would combine all of these vehicles and features into a decent yet realistic shooter for the Wii. In a way, I think it would come out a lot like Battlefield, but that's only in theory, plus they would have to successfully fit all that data in a game with non-HD graphics. But, mainly I just want a new Starfox game. It's due for a real title unlike the last three they've supplied us with. And besides, the Wiimote can act like a steering wheel (for example, Excite Truck, Mario Kart Wii) so it could obviously handle a campaign, but honestly a Starfox multiplayer would do me good. Just a thought.

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    I just want to start off with Happy Holidays to everyone! But, this is just a short idea/blog that I had a while ago when working on my sequels blog. And, just so it's out there, I plan to become a video game designer/developer, so that's why... More
  • What'd You Get For Christmas?

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    I shouldn't have to explain this one, guys. This was the earliest Christmas for me, and my family decided that money upfront might work better than giving me games they think I want. I didn't get any games, but I got $100 as well as about $100 extra from the rest of my family, and I also got a webcam as well as some good clothes and a watch I'll never use. Oh, well, I enjoy my chance to go on a spending spree, but I'm curious to know what everyone else got. List your present list below.

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    I shouldn't have to explain this one, guys. This was the earliest Christmas for me, and my family decided that money upfront might work better than giving me games they think I want. I didn't get any games, but I got $100 as well as about $100... More
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