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Don't ask me how I ran across this, but apparently you can still get the plague. :P


Looks like the opening/ending themes for Slayers Revolution are out.





devil make rye 4It's amazing the new and interesting products you can discover thanks to machine translation. ;)

"It is buffalo Kokuyo supply, a "devil make rye 4" authorized game pad [a new product]

I announced that the buffalo Kokuyo supply released the game controller "BSGPCP1202 series" of Capcom for PC / PS3 of the action game "devil make rye 4" article in the end of June on June 10. The tax-excluded price is 5,350 yen."

According to the ESRB may contain reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages


OMG, hell yeah.


"...if a person wants to play videogames in their spare time and not perform mechanical surgery on their equipment, that doesn't make them an idiot. It makes them a pragmatist."

Tycho of Penny Arcade makes a good point.

I'm one of those who scoffs at PC gamers, wondering why people spend so much hard earned money on their PC, when the 360 or a PS3 can do same thing cheaper and more reliably in the comfort of your living room. I'm a budget gamer when it comes to PC games, cheap video card and a choice title that I really want to play, one that is compelling on the PC or otherwise unavailable.

The games have been few. Back in the day: Doom, Quake, some of the Might and Magics, Baldur's Gate/Icewind Dale, Neverwinter Nights or slightly more recently: Morrowind, Final Fantasy XI, Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War. Yet I find myself browsing the PC game titles when I walk through a game or department store.

Perhaps in this era of "casual" games I'm pining for a bit of the sci-fi/fantasy, hardcore-PC-geek kind of experience that seems to be falling by the wayside. After playing a fair amount of Dawn of War with my friends I can say that PC games do fill a niche, perhaps one that appeals to a slightly more mature and intellectual gamer.

Tycho has put a voice to the gripe I've had with PC games for quite a while. Sometimes I just want to sit down and play a game, not negotiate a technical minefield. But pragmatism aside, I'm starting to feel like I've been hasty in writing off the PC as a gaming medium. Perhaps there is a unique gaming experience to be had on the PC, a gaming experience that I myself may be longing for more than I realize.

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