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pup Name: Brian Rowe
Date of Birth: 9/7/1980
Location: Brew City USA

All-time favorite game: Fallout 2 (PC)
Least favorite game: Friday the 13th (NES)

Title: Versus Mode
Posted: March 01, 2007 (09:11 AM)
Versus Mode: Round 2 final standings

1. sam6615 - 4545075
2. sov - 3058350
3. genj - 3030275
4. cheekylee - 2932700
5. gunb1ade - 2899575
6. pup - 2764325
7. honestgamer - 2693200
8. syn - 2574000
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Title: I'm in
Posted: February 27, 2007 (10:43 AM)
I just got accepted back into the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee for a second undergraduate degree in Journalism. I already have a degree in Film Studies, but that hasn't gotten me anywhere. Potential employers keep asking what Film Studies is. Not a good sign when you're applying for a job. For the past two years I have been saying that I wouldn't go back to school because of the costs involved. I changed my mind. I'm not getting anywhere at the moment, so I might as well get something out of that time.
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Title: Second Chance
Posted: February 23, 2007 (12:45 PM)
Alright everyone. Round two of Versus Mode is underway, and scores are already being posted. You can find the competition and a link to get the get the game from right here.

Hope to see you playing.
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Title: Comments Questions Concerns
Posted: February 21, 2007 (07:53 PM)
Super Columbine Massacre RPG!

I posted this review yesterday. I really want to know what people think about a game like this. Should certain subjects be off limits to video games, although they are open for other mediums? When making an artistic expression in a game, how do we balance the commentary and the gameplay so that neither completely takes over?
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Title: Upcoming game
Posted: February 20, 2007 (09:26 AM)
Here's a game that should be of interest to SHMUP fans with Nintendo DS's. Invalid Tangram is one part shooter and one part Tetris. Defeated enemis turn into colored blocks. Absorb the blocks to power up your weaponry and keep the time running. While the DS port is still in the works, you can download a PC version from the site below.

Invalid Tangram

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Title: Versus Mode: Round 1
Posted: February 16, 2007 (10:26 AM)
Versus Mode has begun. The game for this round will be the excellent Flash-based shooter, A.L.I.A.S. 3. Check out the rules, game, and competition in the Games Discussion Forum.

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Title: Versus Mode
Posted: February 15, 2007 (10:52 AM)
I'm putting together a friendly gaming competition. If you want to play, get over to the Games Discussion forum and click on Versus Mode. Feel free to offer suggestions for games or vote for one of those listed.
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Title: Prince of Awesome
Posted: February 13, 2007 (12:28 AM)
I've been on a video kick lately, and if you've played Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, this is one of the best.

Video wasn't working, so here's the link.
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Title: Another WTF moment
Posted: February 12, 2007 (11:57 PM)
I just heard that the US Treasury Department has decided to reissue the $1 coin. Apparently they attribute the previous coin's poor reception to the image of Sacajawea. The solution: reissue them with the images of our past presidents, in sequential order. *Sigh* The $1 coin didn't fail because of Sacajawea. It failed because nobody wants to carry 5lbs worth of singles in their pocket, because vending machines don't take them, and they take up too much space in cash registers. And for god's sake, is anyone thinking about the strippers?
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Title: Happiness on the horizon
Posted: February 11, 2007 (10:06 PM)
The quick backstory here is that I live in Madison and have a crappy job with a nearly-useless degree that leaves me underqualified for almost everything. I hate it here.

The good news is that a move back to Milwaukee is in the works. I love Milwaukee and will be back by June. As for the job scenario, I have decided to go back to school for a second undergraduate in Journalism. I could stand to learn some more of the techniques, legal issues, and just get some more practice. This time around I want to make the most of my time by getting involved with student organizations and obtaining an internship. Here's to hoping everything works out.

On the HonestGamers side of things, I'm scratching the Burning Crusade expansion off my to-do list. I like to take my sweet time in Warcraft, so I level notoriously slow. That leaves me with two options; play my way and offer an incomplete set of impressions, or plow through and destroy my fun. Instead, I'll pass altogether. Luckily, a friend of mine who seems to know more about WOW than Thottbot is gearing up to do a review. He's a good writer to boot, so I really hope he comes through.
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Posted: February 09, 2007 (07:50 PM)
You know it's a good SHMUP when you think someone spiked your soda with acid.

Mushihimesama Futari
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Title: Dated technology
Posted: February 09, 2007 (06:58 PM)
This was a video sent out to promote Windows 386, probably before some of you got out of diapers. It does make me wonder what people will think of the technology we're using now. Just look at the future as imagined by movies like Forbidden Planet, Logan's Run, or the dozens of cyborg movies in the '80s. Man, even Hackers is looking kinda sad (not that it was too great to begin with). I still remember my Mom's comment about Super Mario Bros. for the NES, "It looks so much more realistic." It seems silly now, but just think about how those same words get retooled year after year as previous games get more and more dated. Someday, our kids will be making fun of our Ipods, cell phones, and PC's with only 2GB's of RAM. It seems like technology is the new fashion.

*The 7-minute mark is where it really gets good.*

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Title: Stupid Hotel.......
Posted: January 25, 2007 (09:13 PM)
I decided to pick up Hotel Dusk for the DS today (can't play WOW all the time). The question is, were point-n-click adventures as good as nostalgia reminds me, or should I be glad that we've moved on and left them behind? I've been clicking around the DS screen for about five hours straight now. Unfortunately, nearly two hours of that has been pointless backtracking and the senseless combining of items in a desperate attempt to progress. I don't know if there's some miniscule detail that I'm missing, some two-pixel wide object that I failed to click, or if the game just glitched.

Besides the wanna-stab-my-screen-with-the-stylus dead end, it's an interesting game. Look for a review.....well, whenever I figure this part out.
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Title: Better Days Ahead
Posted: January 22, 2007 (10:09 PM)
I have plans for this blog, beyond the constant neglect it usually gets, but first is some more exciting news. I am finally moving back to Milwaukee. While that may not mean much to you folks, it means the world to me. Madison depresses me like no other city has, and I'm counting the days until I can get out. At the latest, I'll be out by June 1st. Hopefully sooner, but at least I have a deadline.

Just a little hint at what I'm working on next.
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Title: Addiction
Posted: November 14, 2006 (07:49 PM)
Guitar Hero II just stole part of my life. I seriously meant to set it down about 2 hours ago, but of course, I just had to do one more song. Then I had to unlock another. Then I needed to try it, and try over and over to perfect it. Then came another, and you more than get the point.

I suppose I should get back to my work.
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