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Duke Nukem Forever

Half a billion years ago a video game development company set out to create a sequel to their then cutting edge video game, Duke Nukem 3D.

The funny thing about the preceding sentence is that there are not 1 but many hyperbole in it.

Ben (Yahtzee) Crenshaw will explain it for me, not in my exact words but accurate none-the-less: 

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Tekken 6 @ EVO

 Since my purchase of Street Fighter 4 I suddenly feel excited about fighting games again, just in time for EVO 2009.

  Apparently the featured Tekken 6 tourney ended on a bang in a match between Paul Phoenix (ChetChetty) and Marshall Law (Rip). From my experience Paul has always packed a punch, but Law was always a scrub character. Looks like they might have juiced him up this time around.

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Never Say Never

  Never again! I should just stop saying these words because they, by this time, have no potency remaining. It is no secret to those who know me, that I have attempted to quit DOTA several times, with no avail. Eventually one of my friends, will ask me to play and I will be sucked back in to the addictive MOD.

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The internets yield many fruits

 One of the unexpected side effects of lurking on the bushes of Twitter is that you not only get to stalk some of the most interesting people around the globe.. but you also get some links to some of the best and worst that the internet has to offer.

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DOTA: my favorite game I never play

  DOTA is one my favorite games of all time. It hooks me with it's simplicity and depth, allowing for a rudimentary control scheme lacking in most other RTS games, while still rewarding those who study build orders, hero combinations and attack strategies, with opportunities to dominate those who do not. It is heavily team focused which is its greatest strength, making teamwork a must for a team to be effective. I have spent countless hours in the genre defining Warcraft 3 MOD. Some of my favorite memories with my real life friends involve DOTA. I would say it is a better all around game then most others I play regularly, and a while ago I decided to never play it again.

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The Good News is...

 As Starcraft 2 slowly lumbers toward me like a Collosus bent on taking my $50 and leaving me to the mercy of big burly men, to have their way with me. I, like many others filled with foreboding over the arrival of the giant beast, search for any new information that can be gleaned from it's creator Blizzard/Activision.

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Why do I like Real Time Strategy Games?

  This is the question I frequently ask myself after losing a game of Warcraft III or Company of Heroes to an online opponent. I usually attempt to soften the blow by reasoning that my opponent is some high school student with nothing better to do then practice build order and micro online 4 hours a day, or resides in Korea. The sad truth, however, is that I have probably been defeated by opponents in all walks of life. The only difference is that they have natural talent when focusing on multiple small tasks, and I get overwhelmed when I have to answer my phone while driving. Then why is it I still play this type of games that I so clearly struggle at?

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StarCraft 2: Battle Report 3

On Friday Blizzard released a the 3rd in a series of recorded multiplayer games of StarCraft 2. I really enjoy watching these battles and witnessing early, the tactics those on the internet are going to use to pummel me once SC2 is released.

This video is no where to be found on Blizzard.com or starcraft2.com. it somehow originated through games.nl and is also mirrored in a pair (stupid 10 minute limit) of HD youtube videos. 1 HD video from our friends at GiantBomb.com. Thanks Giant Bomb.

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Hamachi FTL/FTW

The inevitable has occurred. A discount software company has sold 2 of my friends a game with the same CD-Key.

 On the long trip about 2 weeks ago I and two of my friends (Andy and Bryce) discussed the specifics of the late Ensemble studios game "Age of Mythology" to help pass the time. The discussion whet our appetites for the game and the decision was made that the 2 of them would purchase it on our return and I would rummage through my software pile until I had located mine. We would then re-learn and play it the next week. I eventually found my game and Bryce found a copy at the local Best Buy seemingly value priced at $20. Andy at Bryce's prompting also purchased his copy from the same Best Buy at the same reasonable price.

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The value of $5

A lot of games have been showing up on steam lately. Back catalog titles from Capcom, Activision, and EA have showed up at discounted prices making it a great time to be a PC gamer.

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