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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 44: Amnesia, MGS Peace Walker, Alan Wake Redux, Halo: Reach

This week, it's some good old fashioned game talk. Amnesia The Dark Descent! Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker! Alan Wake! Plus: Games are too buggy, Richard sings (twice), and stay tuned after the credits for some impromptu Halo: Reach chat. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik, and Tim "Let's Grow a Beard Together" Spaeth.

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Halo: Reach Review

If it Sells, Don't Fix it

Halo: Reach Screenshot

HIGH Flying over New Alexandria, watching a losing battle and feeling powerless to help.

LOW Without dual guns fighting Elites is once again a mind-numbing chore.

WTF "A silent testament to the never-give-up, never-think-things-out spirit of the UNSC."

What do you think of Halo: Reach?

Seasons Greetings... and gaming

Halo 3: ODST Screenshot

It's that time of year again. A heartfelt Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays to anyone and everyone who takes the time to read my ramblings. I'm looking forward to a new year that will be better than the last, and I hope the same is true for you as well—and again, thanks for coming by.

(…And by the way, is it just me or does it feel completely bizarre to even imagine writing "2010" in any context other than a futuristic science fiction story?)

I've been spending the last few days hopping back and forth between tons of different games, not settling on any one for long. Brace for impact.

Why won't Bungie make the vehicular combat game we all crave?

Doesn't he look like he's having fun?

So I finally got around to playing half an hour of Halo 3: ODST last night, and while I'm not planning to write a review of it any time soon, I wanted to comment on the weird experience I had with the game.

I was playing a friend's game, so I just sort of dropped in medias res, and had no idea what was going on plot-wise, so I'm not going to bother commenting on that aspect. What I will say is that for the first fifteen minutes of my playtime I had a blast. So much fun that I couldn't remember why I'd hated Halo 3 as much as I did (by which I mean "not really that much at all").

Halo 3: ODST?

23% (155 votes)
17% (114 votes)
22% (154 votes)
Don't care.
38% (262 votes)
Total votes: 685

Video: Halo 4!!!

Another video I've been wanting to post for a while.

There must be tons of women out there who hate Halo. Yeah, World of Warcraft gets all of the attention for being addictive, monopolizing a gamers' time and causing all sort of marital problems. But other games do that too. One of those games is Halo. What are the ladies to do when a series is so rampantly popular and shows no sign of slowing down? You stop the problem at its source of course!

Parental discretion very STRONGLY advised! NSFW!

The Simpsons parody Halo and teabagging

"...there is a kegger down the hall. We can go as soon as I desecrate this corpse. I'm sorry Marge, where are my manners? Did you want to taunt my kill also? Press the "X" button."  - Homer Simpson

If you're like me, on the one hand you're thrilled to see The Simpsons parodying videogames... outside of its own videogames (The Simpsons Hit & Run and The Simpsons Game). On the other hand, you sigh sadly with the realization that the masses are seeing one of the less savory sides of interactive play. Why couldn't the writers lampoon Shadow of the Colossus or Flower? Ah well, it was a pretty funny clip.

Trying to appreciate Halo

Halo 3 Screenshot

Just as English literature buffs should be knowledgeable about the heavyweights of the Western canon—Macbeth, Huckleberry Finn, Ulysses, etc.—so too should videogame critics be acquainted with gaming’s megahits, games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and, yes, the Halo series. So, like the English lit student who struggles to wrap his or her head around Ulysses, not because it’s enjoyable but because it’s important, I decided that I should at least try to understand Halo.

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