I'm really hoping this gets resolved.

This username debacle is really annoying me. I signed up to the site the first day it was live and I got the username 'Thomas' I was active for a while. I went into a period of inactivity and then when I tried to log back in again the site said that I had to change my username. I think this is a little ridiculous. I'm upset, but I've been talking with some of the mods and it may get resolved, but I haven't been able to get in touch with any staff members.

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Tweet?

I've been using Twitter for the past 8ish months now, and I've got to say that I've become obsessed.  I log on about 20-30 times daily to check other people's "tweets" as the posts are called there, and I post tweets about 2-5 times a day.  Now some people might not call that obsessed, but for me it kinda is.  I first came to my attention in Mid to Lateish June of last year by a LisaNova parody of the site on YouTube.  The video got me kinda interested in the site, and so I joined and the rest is history.

Anyway, I wanna know if anyone else has a twitter, and if so, what do you think of the site?

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Yeah I'm Still playing Games from 08

I am looking forward to games coming out in 2009, but I can't be too preoccupied with that when I still have such awesome games to play.  I mean, new DLC is coming out for Burnout Paradise, Mirror's Edge, and Tomb Raider: Underworld.  Not to mention I am still playing the XBLA version of Banjo-Kazooie. lol

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Finally Got Some Games Again

About 4 months ago my Xbox totally died, and I couldn't do anything with it, I don't just use it to play games, the machine is my primary DVD player. So I was like desperate to get it fixed or get a new one, but I was in a seriously lack of funds, so I brought it into Gamestop and they gave me like 80 bucks for it (there was like some kind of promo deal) and all of my games just to get a brand new Pro system, and I brought it home and everything was working great.  I redownloaded all of my XBLA and Xbox Original games, and that was keeping me content until Mirrors Edge came out.  And when the game came out I loved it, probably my second favorite game of the year (my first being Burnout Paradise). The thing was all my other 360 games were gone because I traded them in to get the new system.  So flash foward to this week, I finally got some of my games back courtesy of a deal at Play-N-Trade, they had a buy 2 get one free deal so I thought I would take advantage of the situation, and I re bought Burnout Paradise and Dead or Alive 4 (DOA I owned wayy back when I first got my xbox and then sold it to put a preorder down on Soul Calibur 4 and then I ended up having to sell SC4, but anyway I will get that one back later once the price goes down, and DOA4 I got again cause I was always planning too and also to hold me over until Street Fighter 4 comes out and that will hold me over until Tekken 6 comes out [The one I really really want] but back to the story) and then I also got a new game (well used, but new to me) Prince of Persia.  So yeah, I am happy that got some of my games back, and a new game to play.


I know that whole post up there is jumbled up,  sorry, but when I'm positng blogs I seem to always go offtopic in parenthesis.

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My Favorite Games of 2008...

Here they are in no particular order:

-Mirrors Edge
-Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts
-Too Human
-The Force Unleahsed
-Burnout Paradise
-Braid
-Spore
-GTA IV
-Bejeweled Twist
-Peggle Nights
-Portal: Still Alive

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Tales of Vesperia First Impressions

Read the review on IGN and I was really intrigued, so I bought the game when it came out a week or two ago, and I have to say that I am really enjoying the game.  I have only clocked in about two to three hours in the game, but just from that short play time I can tell that I am really gonna enjoy this game and I feel like I will clock at least 60 hours on this game.  First of all, if you are an anime fan then you will just die when you see this game, the cel-shaded graphics are just amazing (Namco-Bandai just do amazing things with cel-shading in any of their games) and the anime cut scenes and intro in the game are just awesome (I woudln't be suprised if they made an anime series out of this show (and it wouldn't be the first time either, just look at Blue Dragon).

Anyway, I just thougth I would tell you guys my first impressions of the game, but I don't want to give too much away because I should have a full review coming later in the month once I finish the game.

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Too Human Review

I went into playing too human a little skeptical because I had read most of the reviews online for the game and they were almost all less than spectacuar and bashed down pretty hard on the game, but nevertheless I went out and bought the game.  i had so much fun with the demo that I couldn't let the game pass me by.

The Good

The Combat -
I have to say that I really love the combat in this game.  Althought it may seem very simple at face value, there really is some skill to it.  All you do is hold the right analog stick where you want to attack and the game will automatically lock on to the nearest enemy and bring you too them.  This may seem easy, but if you intend on staying alive as long as possible then you have to work on your timing, and sometimes is can be a real callenge with hoards of enemies are crowding around you.

The Loot - I have to say that after playing this game, I have become a loot JUNKIE.  I keep playing and playing trying to find new and better armor, weapons, and blueprints.  The game has just so much of these weapons and armor that your caracters look is constantly changing and you are constantly using a variety of different weapons.  This is a defintely a big plus when playing on line because both people playing online are playing as their character in the game, and this loot system enables almost virtually every character that you encounter to look different.

The Setting - The setting and this whole Cyber-Norse theme was a really great choice on the part of Silicon Knights.  It is new, interesting, and great to look at.  At times the game can look Halo-ish, but overall it works in the games' favor.

The Graphics - This game my not be Uncharted or MSG4, but the game does look good.  The character models are nicely done, and the character animations seem to move very smoothly.  The backgorund of the game and the your character's armor and weapons have a great amount of detail in them.  There may be some room for improvement here, but the game is no slouch either.

The Bad

The Story -
To me the story was just bland.  Like I said above, I like the whole Cyber-Norse setting, I just don't like the narrative that takes place around it.  I felt like I was watching a futuristic Viking soap opera.  I just never really got invested in the characters enough to care.  Plus there were only really storyline elements in-between the longer gameplay levels, so I kind of lost interest in the story everytime I went to a new level.

Death Valkyries of Doom - Every single time you die in Too Human you have to watch an uskipable cutscent that depicts a Cyber-Valkyrie come down from the sky and take you away to some Norse God paradise where they reivie you and throw you about 30 feet away from where you were taken away.  This cut-scene lasts about 15 seconds and is the MOST ANNOYING part of the game, literally.

No Death Penalty - On top of the unskippable death cut-scene, you don't even have any pentalty for death (well that is if you don't call the horrendous cut-scene a penalty).  You just pop back up in the game with all your experience intact and you just keep on playing and playing no matter how many times you may die.  Now, for some this may seem like a pro instead of a con, but to me it doesn't give the player a reason to want to live in the game, and spoiled the game just a little, but I just played like their was a penalty (and really there was *coughdeathcutscenecough*).

Despite the minor annoyances of Too Human, it is an insanely fun and addictive game.  I caught myself playing it for 4 or 5 hours at a time, and I never play games for periods of that long.  I reccomend this game for any Xbox 360 owner who wants a long distraction until their most anticipated fall game comes out.

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XBLA Streak

I just bought Geometry Wars 2 Retro Evolved last week and Braid this week, and I've got to say that those two games are the best two games that I have played on all of the Xbox Live Arcade.  And let me tell you for 800 MS points Geometry Wars 2 is a steal, and for 1200 MS points Braid is worth every penny!  If you have chance you need to buy these two game.

First off, I played the original Geometry Wars right when I first bought my Xbox 360 about two years ago, and it instantly became a favorite of mine but I still felt like the experience was a bit empty.  The original game was a nice touch, but it still felt like it was only one note, but with the sequel there are six awesome modes and they kept me entertained for soooo many hours.  My favorite mode is probably Waves, Evolved, and Deadline, and the rest not so much, but they still are fun.  I've been killing myself trying to get the wax off achievement that I don't even care about the rest of them.  I haven't gotten it yet, but I've gotten really close, so hopefully soon.

And Braid is CRAZY, the game plays so awesome.  It feels so retro in style, but so new in game play.  The puzzles can be REALLY challenging.  I mean some of the are pretty easy to figure out, but hard to do, but then others are hard to figure out, but then once you get it, you are like "wow that was simple, how did I not figure that out sooner".  The game is just so rewarding once you figure out the answer to puzzles.  You just feel so smart and cool, and whatever, lol.  Just go buy it. lol

Anyway, I've just been having sooo much fun with these game I just had to write about it.

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Donkey Kong

There has not been a descent NEW Donkey Kong game since Rare's Donkey Kong 64.  He has had the bongo games, the Nintendo Party games, the Country remakes on the GBA, the Barrel Blast game on the Wii, and the DK: King of Swing/Jungle Climber games.  While some of those games aren't bad and some of them are REALLY bad, they never lived up to the game play style of the Country and Land series' and Donkey Kong 64.

WHEN WILL WE GET A TRUE SEQUEL IN THE DONKEY KONG FRANCHISE!?!?

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