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Temporary ROTW 3/30/08-4/5/08
April 11, 2008

I don't know exactly what it's been like for other people, but the forums of HG are almost completely inaccessible to me. I've been waiting for a good time, but it looks like the server switch won't be for a few more days. Since the blogs are still up and running, I'm bringing the Review of the Week here, and after watching far too many reality shows, I feel like switching things up a bit. Let's start off with the runners-up. As for the winner, you'll just have to check the replies. Think of it as the suspenseful commercial break.

You know the rules.

Second Runner-Up
SEGA Superstars Tennis (Xbox 360) by pickhut

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Turbo Diving Part Two
April 07, 2008

After way too much haggling and a lot of waiting, I finally got my PC Engine Duo safe and sound. While it came with a couple of crappy games like Fighting Street and Splash Lake, I was pretty surprised by some of the others, including Cosmic Fantasy 2 and Valis 2&3. The real draw was an excellent copy of Dracula X, complete with the artwork and instruction. I haven't played any of them yet though. I've been extremely busy trying to meet a magazine deadline, and what little time I've had has been spent with Winds of Thunder. I think I'm in love with this game.

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Turbo Diving
March 20, 2008

It looks like I might have bought myself a PC Engine Duo this morning, along with a copy of Dracula X and a few miscellaneous games. The guy's auction received no bids. It was his first time selling on eBay, and while he left out some of the most important details, he did include his phone number. I overslept and missed the end of the auction, so I called him up.

Friendly guy. We ended up talking about games and collecting for over a half hour. Now we're going to work out a trade. I get the PC Engine and games, and he gets cash and some of my SNES games. There was talk of a Neo Geo, but I don't know if I have enough games to nab that. Besides, I can't think of anything I would play except Samurai Showdown.

P.S. I have a subscriber on Digg. Crazy...

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Shameless self-promotion
March 10, 2008

If you like our staff reviews (and why wouldn't you?), and have a account, do me a favor and dig some of our front-page reviews. It'll only take a few moments, and it'll help bring new people to the site. Fresh meat faces makes HonestGamers a happier place for everyone.

Things I learned from my Review hits
March 05, 2008

- Controversy and sex sell, via Super Columbine Massacre RPG! and Tsuki ~Possession~
- Red Faction II shall forever remain in unwarranted obscurity.
- Nintendo fans read a lot of reviews...
- Unlike COD4 buyers who didn't bother with reviews.
- "Final Fantasy" must be pretty popular.
- I'm not the only one who had a crush on Martha Quinn.


I now understand bittersweet
March 04, 2008

I got Rock Band the other day, as I so subtly bragged about earlier. While I love the songs, the character customization, multiplayer, so on and so forth, the equipment is downright crap.

I opened the box, removed about ten layers of useless packaging, and found a guitar that doubles as a maraca. All the buttons work, but something is definitely bouncing around inside. Maybe it's part of the motion sensor, because I can't hold the guitar anything steeper than 20 degrees without the overdrive going off.

One of my friends, who bought Rock Band the very next day, has the same rattle, if not a little worse. At least his Overdrive works properly. Even so, the guitars just feel cheap, like they're going to snap in half at any second. Playskool makes more durable instruments than this.

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It's always something
February 19, 2008

My Gamebridge came in the mail, albeit a few minutes before I left for work. I spent all day trying to decide which game to pop in first. What did I have, and what could I do, that was worth recording? Gitaroo Man won by a landslide, but mainly because the music might overshadow my average skill.

After a few failed installations I was cruising along. Then the glitches came. A lot of people complained about occasional problems with the audio and visual not syncing up, but this was a complete descent into pixelated, white noise chaos. I let it sit for a few minutes and everything seemed fine. I played a few levels and made a few recordings.

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