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Archive for December 30th, 2008

Wii Causing More Problems

Quick funny story to get this wonderful December 30th off to a bang, check out BarStool Sports with a pretty funny story from the Boston Herald about a woman who clocks her boyfriend for bitching about getting a Wii for Christmas.

This is what I’ve been saying! The Wii just causes problems, and frankly, I can’t blame the bro for complaining. Granted, this dude is 26, lives with his girlfriend’s grandparents, and apparently his disapointment stemmed from the fact that he got a Wii instead of a $1,000 radio controlled airplane. Total nonsense, and even I’m not that spoiled. Either way, who ranks on a present given to them by the grandparents of the girlfriend you live with? Damnit Wii, you suck so much you ruined christmas.

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If you’re like me, then you’re a somewhat casual hardcore player.  A “ha-sual.” Or a “Card-core.”  I’m still working on it.

In any case, if you are indeed like me, then you can’t always afford that fabulous game at launch, especially with rather steep $60 pricetags!  But behold: a bargain!

Target is selling off games at 9.99 to 19.99.  Most of these games are along the lines of “Lego Star Wars DS” or “Avatar” but a gem has been found, ladies and gentlemen.

The Orange Box for the 360.

For a cool 19.99.

Now THAT is a deal.  Twenty bucks for five games.  That means you’re spending 3.99 each!  Now if you’re familiar with this game disc, you’re getting Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 Episode 1 and 2, Portal AND Team Fortress 2, all of which are fabulous, award-winning games.  My guess is that they saw you get five games and roped The Orange Box in with such classics as “Carnival Games!” for the Wii and “Generic Mini Game Compilation” also for the Wii.

My brother snatched this up at the local West Hartford Target, so Targets may vary.  Call ahead and see if they’re in stock or if you’re feeling adventrous, go take a look yourself.   At $60 it was a bargain, but at $20? It’s a goddamn STEAL.

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After some positive reviews I’ve decided to give this another go.  Many of these tips can be applied to any first person shooter for those of you who view Halo as a dinosaur.  For me, this is a classic game that always gives me a sense of nostalgia. Without further ado, here are the top 5.

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5)  You Fail to Communicate

Do you speak the same language as your teammates?  Are you goading them by making fun of their handles? (I probably am too…)

Look, if you are already wearing your headset and geek’in out like the rest of us, you might as well use it as a tool to help you succeed.  Be a good teammate and you will be rewarded with victories.  Also, good players will want to continue to play with you!  If you aren’t that skilled, this can really make a difference.

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At least you're not this clown.

Solution:  In lower level games, this doesn’t matter.  Players with high enough skill can torch less advanced players with relative ease (and it’s a helluva lot of fun too!).  However, once you reach players of your skill level, using communication becomes essential.  The easiest way to help your team is just to tell the rest of your team where the enemies are so they can help you kill them (CALL ‘EM OUT).

Hit the jump for the final four… (more…)

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