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Gamer since 1984, and unashamed. Fuck all that self-loathing noise.


Top Ten for the decade, and more!
January 10, 2011

In alphabetical order:

- Crackdown
- Dragon Quest VIII
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- Gears of War
- Mega Man Zero Collection
- Pikmin 2
- Shinobi 2K2
- Sonic Adventure 2
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
- Wild Arms 3

And because ten is never enough, here's runners-up:

- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
- Mass Effect
- Metal Gear: Ghost Babel
- Metroid: Zero Mission
- Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- Tales of Vesperia
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas
- Torneko: The Last Hope
- Ys: The Oath in Felghana

(NOTE: I'm ruling out remakes of games from prior decades, except for "Zero Mission" and "Felghana," which are pretty much fundamentally different from the originals anyway.)

What's your top ten for the decade?

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The Great Gawker Compromise of 2010
December 13, 2010

Someone got into my Twitter and Facebook, although they weren't able to do much of anything. If you have a commenting account on Kotaku or any other Gawker site, even if you don't use it much or got banned or something, you might want to doublecheck your shit to make sure it's okay. Hopefully you're not dumb like me and use the same password just about everywhere.

Someone posted a little guide here that helps:

http://www.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/ekpr3/gawkergizmodo_does_not_salt_th.../

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From Twitter.
December 13, 2010

"Mindfuck of the decade: Prototype and Bebe's Kids were developed by the same company."

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My analysis of the ''Elder Scolls V'' trailer
December 12, 2010

There are dragons.

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A message to all indie game developers.
December 11, 2010

Don't make games that involve the Holocaust or Columbine or 9/11 or any other hot button social topic. But if you must (and I can't see why you'd must) at least make a game that doesn't suck. The video game entertainment medium doesn't need more crapfests like "Super Columbine RPG" or "Controversial Wolfenstein Holocaust Mod #22," especially when they spurn the outrage of Moral Guardians.

And you know what would suck? If these Moral Guardians succeeded in petitioning the government to crack down on games, because of a small number of indie stinkers no one even plays. So please, if you're going to put the medium in harm's way, make sure your controversial game will be worth bootlegging in the face of a purely theoretical ban. It's the least you could do.

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The epic failure that is Solidus Snake's life
December 06, 2010

If you take the time to think about it, Solidus Snake was the worse of three Snake siblings. Despite holding office for a few years and donning a super-powered muscle suit, he didn't accomplish much of anything in life. The only boast he ever made that had any truth to it was when he claimed he was "a whole different game from Liquid." He was certainly nothing like Liquid Snake, but what about when he claimed that he was "the boss to surpass Big Boss himself"? He did nothing of the sort. To review, here's a list of things Big Boss lived through:

- Falling from a bridge.
ng within close vicinity to a nuclear explosion.
ng beaten and humiliated by The Boss countless times.

- Having a horse crush his hand.
ng stung by a swarm of bees.
ng shot with bullet bees.

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Chrome blows.
December 05, 2010

For the life of me, I can't figure out why so many people choose to surf the web with Google Chrome. After a week of trying it, I've come to the conclusion that it's the poorest web browser ever invented. Here are the pros to using Chrome:

* It's fast.

* It's pretty.

Here are the cons to using Chrome:

* You can only have one search provider at a time. (Google wants you to only use Google, see.)

* A lot of useless useful features you can trigger by accident. (Dragging text to start a search, dragging tabs to create a seperate window, 'x' button for all tabs, etc.)

* No title bar. (The application title bar is one of the small niceties in life we take for granted. It orients us in a very subtle way that minimalist designer douchebags overlook.)

* Text looks jagged and ugly.

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