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Scout
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Maybe we are getting stuck in a rut with all this underground stuff. And no one has talked about what if it floods. How about an abandoned space station? Sure there would be alien insect queens chasing us around to use as egg fertilizer and the occasional air seal blow out that sucks parts of the ship into space and the mainframe isn't the most stable I hear. But think of the view. I haven't worked out the commute angle yet but I'm sure there is a solution. Have you seen those circus cannons?

I am determined to finish The Path today even I if I have to drag that wolf back to the final character myself. I'm spinning in circles trying to find a crow that just keeps reappearing at my back...

Welcome Aaron. Don't worry about paperwork and stuff. A nice bundle of fresh Euros is all the paperwork I need.  And don't tell Helmut. He'll want a cut.

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Well, if we're casting about for new places, why leave the planet when we can go underwater! Think of the peaceful whale calls that would lull us to sleep. Similar to the space station, there is the issue of aliens lurking in previously uncharted ocean trenches waiting to either help us should rogue Navy seals try to take over or the aliens would somehow infect our brains and cause us to seal each other up in various rooms and flood them. And there's always the overly smart shark problem.

I'm thinking we're screwed in outer space or underwater with the the alien problem.

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Speaking of underwater stuff 😉 http://www.actiontrip.com/rei/.....ml?id=5501

My Dark Souls single player sensibilities are protected by a +10 GfWL Firewall of Ineptitude

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See? Totally screwed underwater. Forget I said anything.

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I wish that was what game I was playing.

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I'm pretty much in gaming limbo at the moment.  I can't seem to finish Fallout 3, though.  I'm pretty close to the end, getting ready for the big battle and I hit the level cap a while back.  Sigh. 

I've rekindled my love for Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead.  Maybe I'll go reload World In Conflict.  Pike--is anything due out that I might like, or should I force Empire: Total War on myself again?

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Well, if you can wait a few days I think you might find Prototype interesting. It's the next one on my radar. I am going to hold off, I think, on Red Faction Guerilla until I read more reviews. RFG is only available for PS360 until later in the year, the PC version is slightly delayed. But I think you can get Prototype over Steam.

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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Oooo.  Sounds pretty cool, although if I'm shapeshifting and forming parts of my body into weapons, I sound like I'm playing The Thing.  As in John Carpenter's The Thing.  As in freaking awesome.

Edit:  Oh.  Just read the Steam description: "Wake up with no memory of your past."  I was hoping they'd finally release a game featuring amnesia as a plot device.

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How do you know they haven't done it before? You wouldn't remember what with the amnesia and all.

And I love John Carpenter's The Thing. That is the most awesome of creepy movies. When that guy's head sprouts legs and scampers away it makes me curl up into a little ball and whimper every time. (just thinking about it gives me chills)

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Well, in my weakness I bought Red Faction even though I mean to leave it for GameFly. Stay tuned for impressions!

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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Aaron
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June 10, 2009 - 12:18 pm

Someone asked earlier why I was in Alabama. I was visiting my boyfriend who lives in Birmingham (but not for much longer!) It's not a bad place - he is active in the punk / hardcore music scene as well there so he has a ton of really cool friends, not typical of what you'd expect in the south. Plus there is a killer 24-hour falafel / Mediterranean joint with outdoor seating that we frequent at odd hours.

I am still playing Suikoden on the DS. I almost have 30 hours in now and still haven't beaten it. I was trying to finish it before writing up a little review for the site, but there's no end in sight, so I've decided to write about it before finishing the game. So keep your eyes peeled for that.

Other than Suikoden, when my boyfriend was in town, we ended up beating World of Goo. What a great game! I hope every single Wii owner here has played it, especially since it's only $15 and better than most full releases on the console that I've played. He's not much of a gamer at all, but told me when he was in the Nashville airport that he wanted a Wii! That got me very excited, so I thought while he was in town that I'd download a game for us to play through together and we both loved it. I also just finished Resident Evil 5 on the 360 (decent) and I am playing Halo 3 every day as always.

If anyone wants to add me on XBL (especially if you frequent Halo 3), my gamertag is aaronpsx. And thanks for the warm welcome, I look forward to the hazing process!

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I picked up the Fallout 3 DLC to DVD “super quests” Operation Anchorage and The Pitt the other day and finally got to sit down with The Pitt. Not far into it yet but it's promising so far, at least from the descriptions of what is to come. After being away from Fallout 3 for a while I can smell the Oblivion on it. I walked all the way across the northern end of the map to the The Pitt and had, one…count it…one, encounter and that was with some spiders. I don't remember wiping out the entire wasteland from my playthrough but maybe my reputation is preceding me. I should have brought my golf clubs and hit some balls on the way. Sheesh. 

Aaron…nice avatar. I've been on a Slowdive kick lately. Recently got their new double CD re-releases with all the hard to find goodies on the second CDs. Not collectible stuff but fun to have. Now if MBV will EVER release the “final” Kevin version of Loveless… Since your taste in music is impeccable, I'll petition for the hazing to be offically suspended. 

Did you catch My Bloody Valentine when they were recently up Seattle way? I missed them…

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June 11, 2009 - 10:06 am

I had a ticket for the MBV show. I was looking forward to it for months... And then on my way down to the show, my alternator in my car goes out on the freeway. I was stranded on the meridian of I-5 around Arlington by myself. I called a tow truck and a friend came and picked me up. I missed the damn show 🙁  And then of course I can't get online the next week or so without reading how life-changing and incredible the show was. Biggest bummer of '09 so far.

I've only heard Souvlaki from Slowdive, but I like it. I haven't dug too deep in the shoegaze genre yet. Lately I've been getting into some other stuff I missed out on growing up, namely Dinosaur Jr. and Superchunk. It's so awesome to realize you love a band and then have a ton of material to catch up on!

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Wow that truly sucks. To get that close and then have the car crap out. Ouch.

I finally stopped reading all the rave reviews about the "loudest concert ever". Though I did like the one by a reviewer for the Portland Mercury. He said he pulled his earplugs for a second and it was like sticking his head in a jet engine. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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I just finished playing the seven levels available for Toki Tori Lite (the free version) on my iPod Touch. What a fun little time-waster of a puzzle platformer!

Toki is an over-sized chicken head with itty-bitty wings and feet. He can't jump very far and really doesn't fly (it's more of a controlled fall) but he is able to make use of some fairly clever tools, like a freeze-o-matic, which turns his enemies into ice cubes; a bridge builder for spanning wide chasms and a teleporter for porting tele... er, warping to places he wouldn't be able to access otherwise. His existance is all about helping recover all his eggs-with-feet friends. Each level has a specific number of eggs to rescue and a finite number of times to use various tools. Of the levels available in the lite version, the puzzling wasn't too much of a brain strain; however, the full version claims that the puzzles will become more devious at the higher levels. Only time will tell.

The controls are really good and so far, I've had no problems aiming Toki precisely where I want him. If he's facing the wrong direction, I can tilt the Touch in the opposite direction and he'll turn around. It's got your standard kicky background music and the visuals are quite lush. (IGN has some lovely screenshots)

I think I'll drop the $5 and grab the full game which touts 80 some levels in four different worlds.

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There are so many games I want to play, and it's as though I've lost focus, what with Ben and another baby on the way (I ain't exactly a bunny rabbit if you know what I mean but I'm glad about it anyhow), my job, the renovation of our house….But I've been tinkering at King's Bounty, a couple of games on Kongregate called Monster's Den 2 and Last Stand 2.  I even emailed Steerpike with a brilliant game idea!  Let's pray he knows someone who'll run with it.

I have a lot of stuff I WANNA play, including heck the last Splinter Cell game in which I never got out of the training room.  It's odd.  I think what's happened is that now that I'm working in the Appellate Division, solving cases and making recommendations to judges feels like the most challenging game of all.  And this is after years of my own practice in which I scurried around all cutting edge and stuff.

Or maybe it's just the renovation.  And trying to keep up with a 3 year old at my age.

Which reminds me I gotta tell Davo not to give up the good fight b/c I get cases involving kids all the time--and at the appellate level (at least in NYS) the child's best interest really is the driving force.

Now I gotta find that message about how to get Sylvester up as my avatar again.

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Hi Ernest.  Go to  gravatar.com   Register if you haven't already.  It's free.  You can upload your image there.  They will clip it to fit.  After a short time, which could be 5 minutes or 2 hours, it will show up here, and on any other sites where you've registered that use the Gravatars.  You can add lots of images to your file, and change them from the Gravatar site as you wish.  Piece-o-cake.

Busy people are most in need of down time.  Looks like you could use some.  Glad to see you again.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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And the cat is back!

So, I finished Return to Mysterious Island 2: Mina's Fate last night… and I'm ambivalent. On the one hand, there's the cobbling things together, taking them apart and repurposing those items for something else; lush tropical venue; animated graphic novel-like cut scenes and monkeys.

On the other hand, the tedious back and forth in order to accomplish various tasks (especially near the end); not always knowing what needs to be done (Mina isn't helpful with the vague “It's a good idea, but I think it needs something” mantra); and the freakin' mini games. I'm all for perking up the normally sedate adventure with the odd mini game (Sierra did this a lot), but these mini games required reflexes that normal humans just don't have. I may be slowing down in my dotage, but no one I know - regardless of age - can catch a thrown itty bitty glass transistor as it hurtles through space using only four cardinal directions. Catching requires full-on 360 degrees.

And then there's the ending. Not to spoil things, but the choice isn't really a choice as it's all the same.

The first one was mo' bettah.

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I'm playing Drakensang: the Dark Eye, a German RPG. It reminds me a bit of Gothic. It is better the Two Worlds but not as good as Gothic 2. I am enjoying it a lot and recommend it. Nearing the end and just finished investigating a crime and presenting the evidence at trial. I won.  Also defeated a fire breathing dragon. The locales are interesting and quite pretty. I am now in a dwarf town that has a lot of big mining machinery.

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Damn it, Pokey! I'd not heard of Drakensang before… well, that's not entirely true. I remember looking at the trailer last year then forgetting about it (my wallet rejoiced). Now that it's been brought up again, I played the demo and now I want it!

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