If you were to buy 2 games and get 1 free, which games?

Rumor mills are churning at full force over on CAG this last week over the specifics of the seemingly inevitable B2G1 free sale from Toys R Us and other places.  This was a fantastic sale last year, and it should be again this year.  So hit me up.  What would you pick up?  Any oddball titles you missed out the first time?  Or are there some big name releases that you've been holding back on and would pick up in just such a sale?  Inquiring minds want to know.  
 
I'm thinking I'd like to pick up Dragon Quest IX, Halo Reach, Singularity, Darksiders, and Bayonetta in some capacity this time around.  Now, to maximize the savings you get from a sale, you generally want to pick up three games of a similar value, so of those, Halo Reach is obviously the odd man out, cost wise.  So maybe I'd pick up something like Dead Rising 2 and Metroid: Other M to go with it.  But I'd definitely be more tempted to pick up a few $20-$40 games first.  So my picks would be (based off prices at the moment): 
 
Singularity 
Darksiders 
Dragon Quest IX 
  
Resonance of Fate 
Uncharted 2 
God of War III

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Sparky's Shorts - Eat 'em!

Readers, let me tell you something slightly personal.  For over two years, I had some of the worst luck a guy can have without losing his immediate family.  I can't go into details here, but this week, I found out the first bit of wonderful news in a long, long time.  I have something to hope for again, something real this time, and it's lifted my spirits like you wouldn't believe.  I've been kept afloat this last couple of years by the awesomeness of my family and friends.  In some ways, Giant Bomb's community has been a part of that, keeping me entertained while I searched for jobs and just being flat-out the best community on the 'net.  I may not know you all by name or in person, but thanks, guys - you are all some of the most kick-ass people out there, and you've helped keep a knockaround guy on his feet. 
 
So let's move on to some briefs and shorts, shall we?  We shall. 

 
-Starting next week, I'll be having my 360 repaired at a friend's Play N Trade.  They do quality work, and since my Xbox is past its warranty, I figure, why not have them do it rather than send it to some nameless bozos?  I've regaled you all with wild (or not so much) tales of my disk drive, which requires me to hammer on it like some wannabe Thor before it'll read disks.  Well, no more.  While there, I'll also be picking up a used PS2, which will be tested in-store right in front of me.  Rock.  Now I can finally get around to Persona 4, the last Wild Arms game, and a few other assorted titles I didn't finish or start. 
 
-Civilization 5 is amazing.  If you haven't seen my hundred updates over the last week or so, it's easily one of the most addictive games I've ever played.  I think it requires some balancing issues, but honestly, I'm not sure if it's my strategy at fault or if it really is the game.  I'm speaking generally in regards to getting a technological victory, which feels like it requires way more turns in the end game than it should, due to some questionable technologies you have to research such as dynamite when you've already researched gunpowder.  Yes, I know the two are day and night apart, but it still feels strange having to research dynamite to unlock so many other technologies.  Again, maybe I'm approaching it wrong, but I'm kinda good at Civ games in general, and this does feel like a slight misstep.  That being said, it's a very minor quirk in an otherwise superb game, and I really am nitpicking at details that are more than likely my own damn fault. 
 
--Been playing a ton of demos lately.  Loved the demos for Bayonetta and Darksiders.  Didn't much care for Vanquish's demo, but that's more or less due to my color blindness and visual limitations.  Shoot-em-ups just aren't in the cards for me anymore, unless it's something like Halo or Resistance, where the enemies are very clearly defined.  I tried Sonic Adventures for about as much time as it took for me to realize it's not a good game at all.  Camera mechanics and iffy controls broke that game for me.  Kind of striking visuals, though, even for a game of its age.  I also played demos for Shank, Risk Factions, and a few other XBLA/PSN games that I intend on picking up when they come on sale. 
 
-Watched and enjoyed the first two seasons of Chuck, though its one-off format for nearly every episode grates on me a little.  Things definitely picked up in the latter half of the second season, and I'm excited to watch the third season soon-ish.  Netflix has been spitting random movies from my list at me here lately, mostly due to the large number of short and long waiting lists on my titles.  Nothing really great to mention, except that I've still got an inexplicable fondness for Rules of Engagement.  Screw you, it's funny and sweet.  That's good enough for me. 
 
-Diana Francis's newest novel is all sorts of great.  It's the latest in her Crosspointe series, which is my favorite of the three very different worlds she's created (Path of... series, Bitter Night, and Crosspointe series).  The plot is the strongest yet, though her main female characters are starting to feel very much alike.  If she can knock a character out of the park with her next novel, she'll have become one of the best modern-day fantasy writers out there. 
 
That's it for now.  I might edit this later with a playlist and some updates from other writers you should be reading here on Giant Bomb, but I'm exhausted and there's a heap of cheeseburger pie calling my name.  Thanks again, folks - you are all true duders!

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This has no relevance to gaming whatsoever, but...

...I was flipping through the Netflix streaming movies on my 360 tonight, looking for something sort of dumb and entertaining.  I found a movie called Supernova.  It looked eerily familiar, and for some reason, it stuck out like a sore thumb.  I read the synopsis and thought, "Oh, OK, I probably have deja vu confused with Event Horizon."  No big deal.  So I started it up. 
 
Flash back ten years or so ago to a bad night's drinking in my freshman or sophomore year of college.  Let me set the mood for you.  I drank like a fish (do fish even drink?) back then, mostly because my college town never bothered carding and because I looked about 25 when I was eighteen anyways.  Being able to grow a beard at 12 does have its advantages, kids - learn to groom a beard the right way, and no one will ever look at you twice at the local Hustler's.  Anyways, on this particular night, I must have been fucked up beyond all recognition, because I didn't remember setting foot into any sort of theater to watch Supernova until right fuckin' now.  You get that?  Ten years of an event totally blacked out from my memory.  But now I distinctly remember going into the "B" side of the theater, hitting it up because it was a cheap month-old release, and slinging a bottle of whatever the fuck I was drinking under my enormous leather jacket.   Good times, I guess.  I'd later go on in future years to pass out during a matinee of Shrek 2 (though I'm pretty sure that was the movie's fault and not the booze), but at least I remember that shit.  Well, sort of.  I remember waking up and being poked with a mop by a theater guy (waiter?  Janitor?  What the hell do you call those guys in the monkey suits?) checking to see if I was alive or not. 
 
What really has me thinking is... how many other times did I do this?  How much shit have I forgot simply because of booze, my shitty memory, or just time? 
 
Oh, and the movie?  Yeah, it's an arthouse wannabe version of Event Horizon.  It's not terrible, but not great.  Cast is surprisingly good, though.  David Spader really should have been a bigger name in movies.

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Taking PC screenshots?

Hey folks,  
 
I know this is a bit of a stupid question, especially for a guy who's been PC gaming for over 20 years, but I was wondering if anyone could walk me through the basics of taking PC screenshots and saving them to my computer for possible uploading to Giant Bomb?  I've got a huge back catalogue of PC games, and I feel like I could contribute quite a bit, but I just don't get the basics.  If anyone has any tips, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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Sparky's dirty briefs and shorts...

...briefs and shorts about games and movies, that is.  Ohhhh, I've got jokes.  
 
-I played through a bit of Heroes of Might and Magic V this last week.  Still not a good game, despite my love for the series.  There's a sudden jump in difficulty towards the end of the Queen's missions that still has me shaking my head, as everything up until that mission feels right.  But the storyline is as bland as any fantasy game or novel I've ever read, the "reveals" are foreshadowed a mile away, and there's just a peculiar lack of care to the game, as though it were the PC's version of a paint-by-numbers project.   Uninstalled it, and am moving on to Might and Magic VI-VIII, which should hopefully get full reviews, write-ups, and the whole Sparky treatment soon. 
 
-Ended up keeping Red Dead a little longer, thanks to my brother, who is far more patient with people returning stuff than I am.  I feel like I've played through the bulk of what I want out of the game, and beyond maybe nabbing a couple of more achievements, I think I'm done with it for a good long while. 
 
-Only three more achievements in Forza 3 until I get my first S-rank.  Exciting stuff.  I nabbed the elusive "Connoisseur" achievement after finally earning enough money to purchase a car from every manufacturer - and mind you, that's after all the DLC car packs came out.  I should hit level 50 soon, leaving only the "get all gold" and drift achievements to nab.  Still practicing my drifting occasionally, but I've been mostly concentrating on knocking out gold medals and getting to level 50.  Favorite cars in that game to date, either to drive or to look at, are: Saleen truck, 370Z, Morgan, and just about anything Ferrari or Lamborghini.  Very stoked to see how Gran Turismo 5 turns out, though I'm still waiting to hear if it has hirable drivers. 
 
-Games I'm looking forward to the most in the next couple of months?  Fallout New Vegas and Fable 3.  There are a TON of great looking games coming out, which makes me sorta glad I can't afford to spend any more money on games at the moment.  Fallout 3 and Fable 2 were two of my favorite games of the last decade, and both would be in serious contendership f or favorite game of all time, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens with their new releases. 
  
-Getting into Fringe.  It's a hard show to like at first, but once you get beyond the "case of the week" format, there's a lot to enjoy.  The overarching storylines are far more interesting to me than Lost's, although the characters aren't as compelling.  They're still fantastic and they definitely get a lot more interesting towards the latter half of the first season, so I'm really psyched to check out the second season when it hits DVD. 
 
-I Sell the Dead is a superb movie.  Starring Dominic Monaghan (of Lost and Lord of the Rings), it's a buddy monster movie that's light on the horror.  Good stuff, and excellent writing. 

Music I'm Gaming To 

1.  Korn - Word Up 
2.  Bubba Sparxxx - Deliverance 
3.  Marvin Gaye - Trouble Man 
4.  Radiohead - Reckoner 
5.  Jay Z/Linkin Park - Numb/Encore 
6.  Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies 
7.  Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra - Kiss the Sky 
8.  Tenacious D - Double Team 
9.  Mannie Fresh - Real Big 
10.  Flipsyde - Someday 
 
What You Should Be Reading Instead of This
 
Sweep's recent blog about the 10 GB features you never knew about is all sorts of awesome. 
  
TDS418 is running a hell of an interesting blog series on revisiting the early parts of the Xbox 360 catalogue.  Give it a read.

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Music I'm Gaming To #1

The title should say it all.  Or most of it.  OK, I'll settle for some of it.  This is going to be a semi-regular (insofar as "regular" meaning whenever I damn well feel like writing) thingamajig.  Feel free to join in, create your own, do whatever.  I'm going to limit myself to listing ten songs of the moment, so here you go, in no particular order:  
 
1) Rockafeller Skank - Fatboy Slim 
This song makes every game better.  I remember playing Driver 2, and playing this game as I purposefully hit jumps, big ass ramps, and other cars.  Today, it's my go-to song for all things cars, guns, and sports.  Really, it is the sort of song that goes with every genre of game. 
 
2) I Luv It - Eastsidaz 
Yup.  I'm white and I listen to rap.  Piss off, this song was great.  I think I first used it on a playlist in the days of Tony Hawk 3.  It's still a good song today, especially Snoop Dogg's bits. 
 
3) Show Me How to Live - Audioslave 
One of my favorite music videos makes the transition to being a badass gaming song pretty smoothly.  This is always a good choice for Halo 3, or just about anything with guns and general badassery. 
 
4) Ghetto Bird - Ice Cube 
Look, if you play Grand Theft Auto or Saint's Row without Ghetto Bird on a playlist, you're straight-up missing out on half the experience. 
 
5) Blood on the Dance Floor - Michael Jackson 
I'm an unabashed old school Michael Jackson fan.  Always have been, always will be.  This is a fantastic song that works very well in a lot of games, but I especially love it for racing and sports games.   
 
6) Hold On!  I'm Coming! - Sam and Dave 
Classic song.  Works fantastic for any team based game, but honestly, I could play this in just about any aspect of my life, and it would make it awesome. 
 
7) The Spicy McHaggis Jig - Dropkick Murphys 
Dropkick's one of those bands that has a ton of entries in my gaming playlist, so expect to see it a lot in future blogs.  They're a great drinking, fighting, and gaming band, and you really can't go wrong with any of their songs.  This just happened to be the one that came up when I was typing this. 
 
8) Requiem for a Tower - Clint Mansell and London Music Works  
Mixed among my songs are a ton of movie and movie-related songs.  This was a remix of Clint Mansell's excellent song from Requiem for a Dream, done up for The Two Towers.  Great for RPG's in particular. 
 
9) Never Gonna Stop - Rob Zombie 
My favorite song for wrestling games comes from Mr. Zombie, who will also make multiple entries in future blogs. 
 
10) Go Getter Greg - Ludo 
Not a song particular to any type of game, but just a fun song to have as background noise.  Ludo's a superb band - if you haven't heard of them, give them a go.

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Finding lost treasure!

Tonight, I felt a little like Tom Green's character in Freddy Got Fingered.  No, I didn't do the Backwards Man or shtup Drew Barrymore, but I did find some treasure.  Quite a bit, actually.  As I've mentioned on here once or twice, one of the ways I keep myself entertained while living at the folks' house until I find a job is to dig through our old boxes and storage in a vain effort to introduce some sort of order to the whole shebang.  Laughably lofty intentions besides, I have found some cool stuff, including a Nintendo 64, some NES cartridges (no, sadly, nothing worth more than a couple of bucks), and tonight, I found part of my old trove of PC games. 
 
One of the things I'm kicking myself for (and pay attention here, kiddies) is the fact that in my youth, teenage, and college years, I never ever kept PC games in their proper boxes or plastic cases.  Yeah, I know - really goddamn stupid.  Over the years, I've thrown out 99% of their actual boxes, and misplaced probably 90% of my PC games.  And let me tell you - I have a shit ton of PC games dating back to the mid-eighties.  I didn't find all that I wanted (where the holy fuck are my LucasArts and Sierra games?), but I did find the following: 
 
Lara Bow: Dagger of Amon Ra - Definitely not the greatest adventure game ever made, but there's a certain charm to it.  My copy seemed irrevocably broken when I first played it (there's a scene in a museum where I absolutely could not advance), so I think I might rip through it one afternoon to see if anything has changed. 
 
Starcraft - Perhaps the most exciting find in terms of GB's recent Starcraft 2 madness.  I also found the Brood War expansion, which I forgot I even owned. 
 
Might and Magic VI - IX - Definitely my favorite find of the night.  Holy shit, I played the hell out of these games.  I'm sure I logged in over 200 hours on VI and VII alone, and I fully intend on playing the hell out of them before Heroes of Might and Magic VI is released. 
 
Leisure Suit Larry VI - Cautiously optimistic about this find.  Some little niggling feeling in the back of my mind tells me that there are two disks for this, when I only found one.  Still, the last really hilarious Larry game (liked VII, but thought it lost its way at that point). 
 
So what am I missing, you ask?  Grim Fandango.  Full Throttle.  Monkey Island 1, 2, and 4.  The Quest for Glory collection (if I find that game, expect me to shit rainbows on blogs here - no, really, I will probably Photoshop my poo to look like a rainbow, and I don't even think I've run Photoshop in my life).  Leisure Suit Larry Collection.  Quest for Glory V.  Wing Commander series.  I know I've got 'em in a leather bound CD case somewhere around here, but the question, obviously, is where?

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Right Said Red Dead

Put on your beer caps, crank the switch to eleven, and prepare to have your very soul rocked, ladies and gentlemen, because Sparky_Buzzsaw (hey, that's me!) is bringing you the greatest and best write-up of Red Dead Redemption in the world.  Tribute. 
 
A long time ago, me and my brothers Rockstar here, we was playing and developing a long and lonesome game, when all of a sudden, there shined a shiny epilogue in the near-end of the game.  And it said... "Play the greatest game in the world, or I'll eat your soul."  So me and my brother Rockstar, we looked at each other, and we each said... 
 
Maybe. 
 
Bad Tenacious D Rehashing Aside... 
 
...I like Red Dead Redemption quite a bit.  It's a stylish return to form after an appallingly boring Grand Theft Auto IV.  The story is nice and meaty, with a plot that's relatively sane by Rockstar standards (that's a plus, in this case, though I do miss the marijuana-haze days of San Andreas sometimes) and some really great characters.  The music is an homage to the classics of the genre, most notably Morricone, which is predictable but works well in this case.  There are some sweeping vistas to gaze upon before riddling thousands of enemies with bullets and explosives, and all of it looks superb.  
 
Warning - massive, huge, enormous, spoilers ahead.  There, that should give the lady readers enough visual imagery to want to bang me after reading this, as if my words weren't panty-soaking enough.
 
Let's start with some specifics.  John Marsten is, without question, my favorite Rockstar hero to date, even beating out Ray Liotta's character in Vice City - and I fuckin' love Liotta.  Seriously, Ray, return my phone calls.  Let's hang out sometime.  You'll buy lunch and I'll regale you with my stories of how I single-handedly bitch slapped Godzilla through a time-space portal along with Fran Drescher and Mario Van Peebles.  Back on track here... Marsten is an admirable man genuinely trying to make up for a bad life.  It's not an original concept in any media, but it's a hell of a strongly written character with the right mix of ferocity and remorse.  He's a cliche, sure, but when the cliche works so well, who gives a shit?  Mario's been saving that retarded Peach for decades now, and I still lay down the pesos to play that shit.  What I particularly liked about John Marsten was the end-game.  I loved returning to the ranch and seeing him try to become a better man, both personally and to his family.  I liked the general idea of his eventual demise - again, it's a cliche, but the tragic end worked well on most levels save one. 
 
There just simply wasn't enough time devoted to the government agents and their motivation or their hatred of Marsten to really sell that particular ending.  It was effective because I had grown attached to Marsten, and hated to see him go.  But the reasons for his demise felt small and generic.  Sure, I get that the agent wanted him dead for his own glory and gain, but that feeling really wasn't developed until the last third of the game and it made it hard to hate the agents who did Marsten in, and that becomes a small problem for the epilogue of the game, which I'll get to in a minute. 
 
I really enjoyed the song selection for the game.  I'm talking about the pre-recorded music here, not the score.  "So Far Away" nailed it, pure and simple, and five minutes after I heard the song in the game, I had it downloaded off iTunes.  At some point, I'll probably be buying the entire score.  It's that good.  Having lived in the desert, the plains, and the mountains at various points in my life, the music perfectly embodies that vast sense of emptiness and loneliness of the land while introducing some fantastic guitar riffs and combat base line (I think that's what you call it, right?). 
 
Graphically, I'm mighty impressed while seeing that there is definitely room for future installments to run with the ball, if Rockstar continues to develop games in the series (please, please, please).  The desert, Mexico, and the water effects in particular look fantastic.  I liked having the mountain settings as well, but a bit more space dedicated to the plains between the mountains and the desert would have gone a long way towards making the environment plausible.  Given the already huge scope of the game, I realize that's asking a lot for the current generation.  But it's definitely something for Rockstar to work with in the future.   I think I was most surprised at how good the characters and the animals looked.  Everything moves and flows with such fluid animation.  It's really quite a stunning triumph for games in general.  I did encounter some pretty glaring flaws, most notably problems with wagons tipping over and my character getting stuck in environments or missions not loading properly.  But in a game with this kind of scope, I'm honestly surprised I didn't encounter more, and given the rocky developmental road of this game, it's a small miracle the game came away as bug-free as it did.  Still, Rockstar, don't sit on your keister - get to work on fixing some of these issues.
 
The Epilogue 
 
Man, oh man.... this is purely my own thoughts.  I have no idea if this is right or not, but I'd be willing to bet dollars to doughnuts this epilogue was tacked on during the late development fiasco, when all the studios were brought in to help finish this game.  There is a serious lack of polish and care given to the world after John Marsten's death.  Jack Marsten's voice work is good, but really, that's about all the nice things I have to say about the end-game.  Jack's animations mirror John's precisely, making him nothing more than a new skin for the game.  There are very, very few (if any) modifications made to the land in the three years after John's death.  Some kind of development, like a few new structures or old structures changing for better or for worse, would have gone a long ways towards making me happier with this.  As it is, it just feels like they slapped on a cheap reskin of John Marsten, added a quick epilogue chapter, and called it good.  It all feels rushed and thrown together by people who wanted to allow the player to keep going after the end of John Marsten. 
 
I guess I would have preferred to see them break the fourth wall somehow and warn the player that John Marsten's defense of the ranch was going to be the absolute last mission - nothing more after it, no more wandering around, nothing.  Jack chasing down his father's killer could have been shown in an extended clip at the end of the mission, perhaps.  I don't know.  The tacked-on epilogue really, really hurts the feel of the end-game, though in the long run, it does very little to affect the brilliance of the game as a whole. 
 
I guess that's the point of this whole blog, really.  Red Dead Redemption has flaws, sure.  But it's an incredible game that pushes past all the little issues and delivers one amazing experience.  Rockstar, I'm glad to see you've decided to make your games fun again, and here's hoping for many more great open-world games like this one.

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Forza 3 Car Wishlist

Here, in no particular order, are the cars I want to see featured in Forza 3's future DLC.  Developers, get on this shit pronto, or I'll level Toronto... with mind bullets!  That's telekinesis, Giant Bomb! 
 
1.  Yugo 
 Also known as the Zastava Koral by the wine-sniffing fancy-pants bunch, the Yugo is a timeless classic.  I'm ready for it to make a comeback in a big way.  My guess as to why it's not already in?  This car would smoke Ferraris, make Lamborghinis into sniveling bitches, and use muscle cars to wipe its ass. 
 
2.  Dodge Omni 
 Ranked #1 in Sparky_Buzzsaw's annual "Best Cars in the Universe" magazine for 83 straight years, the Dodge Omni is also numero uno in my heart.  And in my pants. 
 
3.  1987 Chevy Nova 
I'm not pussyfooting around here with the pansy-ass muscle cars.  I'm going straight for the oil-filled jugular here with the rip-roaring badass beast, the 1987 compact Chevrolet Nova.  Yeah, suck it, muscly muscle car.  Your younger brethren beat your asses, and now, I want 'em on display for the video game world to see.  Hail Caesar! 
 
4.  AMC Pacer 
...but only if it plays Bohemian Rhapsody non-stop and offers up delicious red rope licorice. 
 
5.  Triumph Stag 
Look, the name should say it all.  Any car named "Stag" automatically tea-bags the competition. 
 
6.  VW Thing 
At your next party, you could offer up drinks, some thumping music, wicked flare-ups of herpes, and some awkward conga lines.... or you could rev up your old VW Thing and watch the panties drop to the floor faster than Lindsay Lohan snorting a line of coke.  Putting this car into the Forza 3 stable would create cosmic eruptions of sexy-happy-fun-time.  Do it.  Do it now. 
 
7.  Ford Pinto 
If this car was a pin-up girl, there would be no paper left in the world, and Jurgen's would suddenly be the richest company in the universe.  Forza 3's awesome physics could probably even simulate the explosiveness... uh, of the car's awesome power, that is. 
 
8.  AMC Gremlin 
AMC pulls double duty on this list with one of the most spectacular cars ever created.  Just don't get it wet, or feed it.  I warned you. 
 
9.  Fergie 
What you gonna do with all that junk, all that junk inside your trunk?  
 
10.  A freakin' tank 
Because every racing game needs explosions.  And ridiculously big guns.  And explosions!  Fire!  Fire!  KABLAM!  KERPLOOOIE! 
 
Now you share - what cars do you want in Forza, serious or not-so-serious? 
 
Thank you.  You may go.

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Quick Thoughts. Not by Jack Handy.

Let's do this, fools!  
 
--You know why I like the Starcraft 2 coverage last week, even if I never pick up that game?  It was fantastic to see some genuine enthusiasm and good spirits about a game around these parts again.  In a time when all I see (and feel) is cynicism, Brad's happiness over a game gone terrifically right is a breath of fresh air.  We should all be so lucky to have a game in the near future that gives us all that feeling.  Me, I'm hoping Fallout New Vegas is the ticket.  Man, do I love me some Fallout.   Seriously, Internet compadres, take a break from the cynicism and the hate for a while.  After about ten years of seeing the Internet become the home of callous douches, I don't want to see Giant Bomb turn into that place too. 
 
--No review will be forthcoming on Wolfenstein.  After the mission to save the resistance leader, my loaded games now won't let me fire a weapon.  Great.  I liked the game for its relatively fun (if slightly generic) campaign and excellent weapon upgrade system, but honestly, I'd never pay more than $20 for this game.  And don't even bother with multiplayer.  Yet another example of a game passed by others doing it bigger and better, which is too bad - some of these weapons and abilities could have been a blast in multiplayer. 
 
--Finished Sam and Max Season 2.  As a whole, I liked it a lot better than the first season.  I've started season 3, and I've got mixed feelings about it.  I don't like the new menus or the click-and-drag walking, but I like the variations in the environment and basic gameplay from the first two seasons. 
 
--I lost my slap bet to my brother on my Gamerscore bet, though I ultimately came within about 600 points of matching his.  I made up a hell of a lot of ground, thanks mostly to Lego Star Wars and Banjo and Kazooie.  I'll still overtake his score, perhaps in the coming month as I've borrowed a few games from him (including the afore-mentioned Wolfenstein).  I'm going to start Red Dead Redemption soon.  Hopefully I can play it without having to read the text or be able to see the map, though I'm a little doubtful.  After that is Left 4 Dead 2. 
 
And that's it.  What are all of you playing?  Up to anything fun in these crazy summer days?

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