Prey 2

A mixture of Prey mixed with Blade Runner?  Yes, please.  I am so very excited for this game.  It really looks to be quite impressive.

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Dead Rising 2: Case West.

We finally get to know.  I cannot tell you the feeling of joy that I have right now.  I suppose money spoke confidently to Mr. Inafune and he said, "YES, I WILL bring back Mr. Frank West....FOR THE FANS!"  
 
Then he leaps into a pile of cash. 

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Case Zero

I just finished (and S ranked) DR2: Case Zero.  Really enjoyed the experience.  It has got me very pumped for Dead Rising 2.  It was a little disappointing not knowing what happened to our good buddy Frank West, but hopefully the full game will disclose that coveted information.  The AI seems to have gotten better so the escort missions don't seem to be as big of a pain in the ass now.  That is very much appreciated.  I hope the weapon combinations continue to impress overall in the full experience and they make them even more useful.  It was also a breath of fresh air to be able to move and shoot at the same time.  Overall, it has got me impatiently waiting for September 28th.

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Fallout: New Vegas.

The achievement list for Fallout: New Vegas just came out today.  Here they are:
 
 

• New Kid (10)
Reach 10th level.

•Up and Comer (20)
Reach 20th level.

•The Boss (30)
Reach 30th level.

•Ol' Buddy Ol' Pal (10)
Recruit any companion.

•The Whole Gang's Here (25)
Recruit all companions.

•Crafty (15)
Craft 20 items.

•Mod Machine (15)
Install 20 weapon mods.

•Walker of the Mojave (10)
Discover 50 locations.

•Master of the Mojave (25)
Discover 125 locations.

•Globe Trotter (25)
Discover all snow globes.

•You Run Barter Town (15)
Sell 10,000 caps worth of goods.

•Blast Mastery (15)
Cause 10,000 damage with Energy Weapons.

•Love the Bomb (15)
Cause 10,000 damage with Explosives.

•Lead Dealer (15)
Cause 10,000 damage with Guns.

•No Tumbler Fumbler (15)
Pick 25 locks.

•Stim-ply Amazing (15)
Heal 10,000 points of damage with Stimpaks.

•New Vegas Samurai (15)
Cause 10,000 damage with Melee Weapons.

•Jury Rigger (15)
Repair 30 items.

•Hack the Mojave (15)
Hack 25 terminals.

•Artful Pocketer (15)
Pick 50 pockets.

•Outstanding Orator (15)
Make 50 Speech challenges.

•Desert Survivalist (15)
Heal 10,000 points of damage with food.

•Old-Tyme Brawler (15)
Cause 10,000 damage with Unarmed weapons.

•Know When to Fold Them (10)
Win 3 games of Caravan.

•One Armed Bandit (10)
Play 10 spins of Slots.

•Little Wheel (10)
Play 10 spins of Roulette.

•Double Down (10)
Play 10 hands of Blackjack.

•Caravan Master (30)
Win 30 games of Caravan.

•The Courier Who Broke the Bank (30)
Get banned from all the Strip's casinos.

•Hardcore (100)
Play the game from start to finish in Hardcore Mode.

•Ain't That a Kick in the Head (10)
Complete Ain't That a Kick in the Head.

•They Went That-a-Way (25)
Complete They Went That-a-Way.

•Ring-a-Ding-Ding (25)
Complete Ring-a-Ding-Ding.

•The House Always Wins (30)
Complete The House Always Wins.

•For the Republic (30)
Complete For the Republic.

•Render Unto Caesar (30)
Complete Render Unto Caesar.

•Wild Card (30)
Complete Wild Card.

•All or Nothing (15)
Complete All or Nothing.

•Veni, Vidi, Vici (15)
Complete Veni, Vidi, Vici.

•Eureka! (15)
Complete Eureka!

•No Gods, No Masters (15)
Complete No Gods, No Masters.

•Come Fly With Me (20)
Complete Come Fly With Me.

•Talent Pool (20)
Complete Talent Pool.

•Return to Sender (20)
Complete Return to Sender.

•Arizona Killer (20)
Complete Arizona Killer.

•You'll Know It When It Happens (20)
Complete You'll Know It When It Happens.

•G.I. Blues (20)
Complete G.I. Blues.

•That Lucky Old Sun (20)
Complete That Lucky Old Sun.

•Volare! (20)
Complete Volare!

•The Legend of the Star (20)
Complete The Legend of the Star.
 

Complete the game in Hardcore mode?   Now, that should be interesting.


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My First System-The TI-99

So I woke up this morning and drove to the gym way too damn early.  Downed a sugar free red bull and listened to the Bombcast as I drove through the early morning darkness.  As I exited my vehicle, thinking about last night's gaming session, I pondered my early days of gaming.  Just what was my first system?  As I dug around in the attic of my brain, removing cobwebs and dusting off old memories I hadn't accessed in years, it occurred to me...the Texas Instruments TI99/4A.  Wow.  I haven't thought about that one in years.  I couldn't even remember all the games I had played on the system.  Sure, a few favorites jumped out: Parsec, Car Wars, Hunt the Wumpus.  But I knew there was more there than I could remember immediately.  Thank Zeus for the internet.  I found this site and so many more memories came flooding back with the glimpse of a few images.  
 
http://www.videogamehouse.net/index.html
 
There is my shout out to the guys that compiled this list.  Kudos, dudes.  Bravo.  Anyone else here have memories of this system?  Games on it you might have played?  If not or if so, just shout out...which was the first that got you hooked on these crazy vidyagames?

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This site.

I have used other gaming sites, for their social communities before (am not here to trash those sites) whose users were comprised of a lot of spammers and such.  Has anyone here noticed an influx of that on GB recently?  I know moderators have enough on their hands already without having to deal with that nuisance, but it will be saddening to me if that is the case here.  Granted, I haven't been here long, but it seems that the "new user" section is filled with a lot of that garbage. 

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Music in Games

I know that music stimulates the brain.  Listening to music can cause one's brain to flood with memories of times past.  Wonderful experiences.  Horrible times in one's life.  Break ups. Parites.  Concerts.  Long drives. Video games.  Lots of things.  There have always been games that I played where music played a large part of the enjoyment of my experience of that particular game.  As many might mock it, Deadly Premonition was far more enjoyable because of it's music.  I bring this up as a particularly more relevant addition to games I have played where the music transformed the experience, making it one that could have been, oh let's say, mediocre at best, but was transcended into a higher level of greatness because the music was so enjoyable.  Impeccable, even.  (Who would have thought jazz could so infuse a game with such influential sax riffs?)  I can still hear the opener to The Secret of Mana from the SNES and get warm feeling in my loins.  I love it.  It reminds me of a less stressful time of life.  It also brings back the joy of playing that game.  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time still has music that will randomly pop into my head many years after I originally played it.  It is an important aspect of the whole process of absorbing the gaming experience and is one that I always look forward to.  What do you guys think?  What is your favorite game music?

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