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Is he smoking an electronic cigar?!?!

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Gonna play this at 480 resolution to get the true VHS experience!

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Why wasn't Biehn in any of the Expendables?

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why is there two?

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Ahhhh! F%!k you guys, now I want to watch hoarders!!!! SEE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE?!?!?!?!?!?!

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This trailer is definitely weird, but Hitman: Bloodmoney and Hitman Contracts both had one or two moments where this kind of character design was used. In Bloodmoney it's the Heaven and Hell party where the angel girls are wearing nothing but a crucifix of white duct tape, and in Contracts there is a BDSM party in a slaughter house that gets pretty weird.

The whole game wont be like this, they never are, but there are always moments where this side of IO's art team slips out. It's like finding your friends porn stash and mixed in with all the regular, good-ol' fashioned stuff you find a Formicophilia magazine. Yeah its weird and fucked up but he's such a nice guy you'll just pretend to didn't notice

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I was nervous about this whole thing, but Jeff saying they'll be near a good indian food place puts my mind at ease. I know I can't get anything done if I'm not moments away from a decent Jalfrezi!

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1001 Videogames I must play before I die!  
 
No.0005 Doom 
 
Lets be honest, there isn't much I could say about Doom that hasn't been said already so instead of teaching grandma to suck eggs I tell you a little story. I first saw Doom at one of my brothers friends houses. They had a basic LAN set up between the two computers in the house and they were playing a one on one death match. It was the coolest thing I had ever seen. Partly because it was so violent and up to the point my parents had been quite strict about keeping me away from that sort of imagery, but mostly because of the first person perspective. I was looking though the eyes of the player character. It wasn't isometric, it wasn't top down and it wasn't restricting my view of the world in anyway.  It was probably the moment that games became my favorite form of entertainment because I realised that I could do what ever I wanted in them. I was completely unrestricted. 
 
These switches gave me nightmares! 
 
 
Now, that wasn't strictly true, but its how I felt, and games are getting closer and closer to realising the limitless potential I envisioned them having back when I was six years old. Coming back to Doom was a blast. I played the Steam version which was fun because at some point they've added strafing controls to the game which I don't remember it ever having. Mind you, I used to play with just the mouse and the Space bar so what do I know. I've played so much Doom and Doom II that I decided to set myself a challenge for my refresher session. See how far I could get on Hurt Me Plenty before I died. In the end I managed to get all the way through Knee Deep in Dead before ballsing it up on the first mission of The Shores of Hell.  
 
No.0006 Doom II 
 
    

 
When I eventually got my own copy of Doom II it was long after it initial release. My father was a loyal Acorn Archimedes user and so I had to wait several years for a port to be made. When it did, it included the original Doom as well but I never played much of the first one until much later because of one simple addition... 
 
    
 
 There is something about the super shotgun. Even though it only uses maybe four or five frames of animation it was the most impressive thing I think I've ever seen (relative to its time of course). The sound of the breach opening, two shells being slammed in with a single hand movement and then barrels closing again. The muzzle flash reflecting in the barrels as it fires. It was amazing and, whenever possible, it was the only weapon I wanted to use.
 
I didn't last nearly as long in Doom II for some reason. I only made it to the second level before getting iced but I was ok with that. I've seen it all many times before. I just wanted to hear the deep thud of the super shotgun one more time. 
 
  
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In my quest to get through all the games listed in the book "1001 Videogames you must play before you die!" there was always going to be the need for me to get hold of certain pieces of hardware that I don't have. I decided to make the first a Nintendo GameCube for two reasons. Firstly, its not so old that I will run a high risk of it not working, and secondly I've never actually played on a GameCube before! When the GameCube came out I had just built my first computer and was high up on my  "PC Gaming is the best!" horse, and all of my friends who were console gamers were loyal Playstation users.  
 
Anyway I found a boxed one on Amazon. I think I'll try and get all the consoles I need boxed where ever possible.  
 

 
The stand alone GameCubes I could find were actually more expensive then this one so I got the Gameboy Player as an added bonus. It'll also be nice to not have to get hold of a GBA. Admittedly that wouldn't be too hard or expensive but  one less cost added to this project isn't going to hurt ;) 
 
  Everything works and thanks to a SCART to HDMI box I can hook it straight up to my PC screen. I defiantly need to find a better place for it though so for the moment its all back in the box. My third party, 128mb memory card showed up today which I had forgotten that I would need. I also found this in the box for the Gameboy player box. 
 
 
 And the code still worked surprisingly :) 
 
 This weekend I'm going to see a friend who still has most of his GameCube library and damn near all the ones on my list. Also, while I haven't been posting over the last few days because of work, I have been playing games on the list and I will be adding posts for them soon.
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