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Am I alive? That's a question you might be asking yourself. Chances are you're not, but for those who might be, then I most certainly am. It's been a long time between innings, but I'm back in all my bloggish goodness! Anyway, this is just a quick one to confirm that yes, I haven't passed away (yet) and that I'm still around here sometimes. For anyone that cares I might make the odd appearance here and there now, but I'm not 100% on that. I'm having trouble to committing to a lot of things at the moment, but I'll give it a crack. In my neck of the woods, things have been good. Since my last blog post (which was a LONG time ago) I've done a whole lot of nothing. I've seen Metallica, Lamb of God (as Metallica's support acts, but still!) and Bon Jovi live, I've graduated high school and moved onto an even more unfulfilling position in society as a casual worker at Kmart (my exact job as in High School, just with 30+ hours a week), and I've turned 18 and become legal in the eyes of the law and the bartender. Those things aside, it's been much more of the same. Gaming, mountain biking and generally doing nothing. Hope everything is well with anyone who takes the time to read this too. Farewell.


This is just a quick blog to apologise for my lack of activity of late. Sorry guys, I just haven't been feeling it if you know what I mean. Most days I'm just bored and nothings interesting me in the forums, but I'll try. I've been thinking about it lately, and some of you guys are right. We can't just abandon this place because a few people left, however thats whats happening.

It's quite sad to see whats happened to the AU forums in past few months. A once great forum has been reduced to nothing at the moment, but if we work hard enough we can make it into something great once more.

As I've said above however, I haven't really felt it lately. I have no interest in the same repeated threads anymore. It seems like they've all been done before, and before you guys say, come up with your own; I'd like to say that I can't. I have nothing. No inspiration, no desire to post, no nothing. Its really annoying me because I want to help this place rebuild, but I never have anything to say. I never feel the need to post anymore and like I said its irritating. Although a lot of my favourite members have left, I still love this place and I want to come here often and join in discussions but I can't and for that I'm sorry.

Sorry that as a somewhat senior member of these forums that I never post anymore. I feel like I should be around here helping out, and from now on I'll try and see what I can do.

Hopefully all goes well :).

Is Anyone Else getting Bored?

Is it just me or has this place gotten really boring over the last few days? Almost nothing exciting has happened. It's really beginning to bother me as Gamespot is one of my main forms of entertainment these days and my love for the place is slowly dwindling away. I don't know why but nothing has gotten me excited as of late really.

I.....oh I don't know where I'm heading with this. I just needed to express my feelings somewhere and I figured my blog would be the best place for it.

In other news, school has been really, really boring. I'm not sure why but I'm finding it increasingly more difficult to concentrate in classes. Whether its just due to boredom (honestly who cares about mirrors....dam physics :P), my friends distracting me (or me distracting them), or just doing the same stuff over and over school just isn't interesting me at the moment.

Work is starting to become a chore. Up until a few weeks ago I genuinely enjoyed going to work, but recently its just been boring. I guess thats because its just come off the busiest and most hectic time of the year in Christmas, but still, its been a really terrible few weeks. It seems as if a simple 5 hour shift becomes what seems like a fifteen hour marathon.

Then theres other things like the store running out of plastic bags. I mean come on, how the hell can a store like Kmart run out of plastic bags!? That's bloody ridiculous. Its like a library with no books.

Also, in a somewhat startling trend; the number of thefts in our store has increased largely in the last few months. I mean there were three people caught shoplifting last week alone, and those were only the ones that we found out about :?.

Now onto gaming news.

I'm in love with The Lost and Damned. Its everything I expected and more. I applaud Rockstar for the fine job they've done on it. Without a doubt, it's the best piece of DLC I have ever gotten. For them to include everything they did in it is phenomenal. I was only expecting a few extra missions. I didn't think there would be additional weapons, cars/motorbikes, songs and multiplayer modes. For all this to be included at only 1600 Microsoft points is absolutely brilliant. Great job Rockstar.

Then theres the quality of the missions. These aren't just poorly thought up and designed missions; they are done greatly. It looks as if Rockstar took the same time and care used to make GTA IV. The cut scenes themselves are also brilliantly done and the dialogue is excellent as always.

Also, the job they've done on improving the handling of the motorbikes is fantastic.

Its also nice to see GTA IV the way it was meant to be. Uncensored :twisted: ;).

I've also really gotten into Fallout 3 in the last couple of weeks. At first I was greatly, greatly overwhelmed by Fallout. The world was MASSIVE and it seemed as if the enemies were too. However, the more I played the more I learnt. I learnt that VATS isn't always the answer and that shotguns from 100 meters away aren't as effective as sniper rifles :P. After learning some things about the game I really started enjoying myself much more. I actually began exploring. I didn't just stick close to home (Megaton).

I went from having discovered 10 places to having discovered 80 a few days later. I'd gone from level 4 to level 19 within the same space of time. Everything was so much easier; so much more rewarding. Super Mutants which at first seemed as hard to kill as climbing Mount Everest were now no chance against me and my massive arsenal of weapons. The quests were becoming more enjoyable and it came together well to provide me with one of the best gaming experiences I've had. Ever.

I think the highlight of the game for me so far has been Tranquility Lane. I loved everything about it. Especially becoming the Pint Sized Slasher.

The other day I finished Colin Mcrae: Dirt and I must say, it is one of the best racing games I have ever played. Although it isn't the longest game, it is one of the funnest and most gorgeous. The handling of the vehicles are just right. As a matter of fact, everything about the game seems just right. Whether it be the fantastic menus, good range of events, or the big amount of vehicles.

It was a very entertaining experience and I recommend it greatly (more so now because its releatively cheap ;) ).

In the last week or so, I've gotten back into COD4 again. Its better than ever and seems easier to find Australian servers now which is definitely a plus. Its been great so far as I've met some really nice guys and established friendships with a few of the Gamespot AU members (Curtdogg and Iownyounub for those of you wondering).

Oh, and not to sound cocky but COD4ME and I are better than ever ;).

Well, I can't really think of much else to say right now :P. What started out as a simple small blog has developed into this. A big, long, dragged out blog about anything and everything in my life at the moment :P.

Thanks for reading guys...if you did.

COD4ME's 1000 Post Party boys!

Its that special time of month boys! It's COD4ME's 1000 post party! Everyones welcome, as long as you bring gifts :P. Knowing COD4ME he'd probably love a love bread stick or cucumber but thats for another time.

There's a pinata, pin the tail on the donkey (or just COD4ME because hes an ass:P) and pass the parcel :D.

But seriously though, I'm only throwing this party because he threw one for me :P. Congratulations on the 1000 posts and keep on going strong baby ;). By the way I would just like to clarify, we aren't the same people nor as we in a sexual relationship yet.... :P.

I'm Back!!

As the title of this blog says, I'm back from my holiday down south. It was great. We spent four days on the Gold Coast, then two in the city and the rest of the time at Redcliffe. But enough about the holiday and more about what I bought ;).

I picked up a few games and they were...

Far Cry 2

Fallout 3

Gears of War 2

Left 4 Dead

Fifa 09

NFL 09

and not to mention Midnight Club which I bought before I left. However, when they came to deliver it we were about 1000 kms away so we couldn't really take it, so they've returned it to the depot and I need to arrange another delivery.

Then there were the two games I got for Christmas:

Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts


Guitar Hero: World Tour.

So, needless to say I'll be playing for a long, long time.

Onto the main thing concerning me at the moment though and that is all the change that has gone on in the forums in the week I've been away. Everythings different, new members, new avatars, new sigs, repeated threads. I don't know but I just can't get back into it for the time being. Its just too different :?. Hopefully I'll be into it shortly as I do miss the community (most of it :P).

But thats enough for now I feel. Sorry if the blog came off as muddled as I've done this in about 5 minutes, while being preoccupied with the cricket and the new games :P. Hope you guys all have a good new year.

Well, I'm gone....but is it for good?

Tomorrow morning around 6AM I leave from Cairns airport where I am making my way with my family to Brisbane for a week (4 days on the Gold Coast and 3 in Brisbane) so I won't be around here for the next week or so. Oh, and before you say it, I know its a tragedy :P.

Hopefully you guys all had a good Christmas Day and continue to enjoy your time away from school, work or just sitting around at home like some of my fellow AU Gamespotters :P. Have fun with anything you received today and I'll talk to you all in a week.

Oh and I'll be sure to bring home plenty of games ;).

How Fantastic!

This blogs going to be a short one, just somewhere to express whats happening to me at the moment :P.

I woke up this morning and figured I might give COD:WaW a roll on the new tv ;). I turn on the 360 and what happens? I get one red light. Not the dreaded three, just one. So I do a little bit of asking around and a little bit of checking on the internet, and the common consensus is that my 360 has suffered a "Hardware Failure" and I need to unplug all my stuff, then take out the HDD and put it all back in. Its said that my HDD might have stuffed up a bit. Hopefully this is just the case, as I'd much rather pay for a new HDD (which I was planning on buying anyway) than have to wait for however long Microsoft has it to fix it.

Hopefully I can get to the bottom of this soon, as its starting to annoy me. I'm not sad or angry like I thought I would be when the inevitable struck, I'm just annoyed. It doesn't actually bother me that my 360 could have potentially died on me...I wonder why :?

The life of Aiden (AKA COD4_Shinedown)

I thought it was time for a new blog but I couldn't come up with anything to write about, so I thought I'd give you a run through of my last few weeks. Basically I'll start where my last blog left off; with me going home with a rather sore head after a bit of a fall. So anyway, the next morning I woke up with a hell of a sore neck but apart from that I was fine so my parents figured it must not be a concussion and sent me to school.

 I get to school, and first period we have drama. Drama, well what can I say - is there any slacker subject? For this term, the teacher thought it'd be good if we put together a group performance. Now I didn't have a problem with this, however I had a problem with the play she wanted to put together. She wanted us to do a performance of some kids play "Bunyips Don't". What the hell was she thinking? "Bunyips Don't" is in my opinion one of the biggest pieces of crap I have ever read in my life. It's basically about a young bunyip who walks around and discovers dancing, singing and birthdays (yes birthdays) and then gets told off by his dad. It's pretty much a load of crap.

After a few lessons I guess it started to grow on me, when I realised something. Half of my drama class are dumb, ignorant people of the promiscuous kind who do nothing but smoke, drink and have sex so then once again I was less than impressed with having to do a performance of a crappy play with crappy people.

So, we spent the next couple of weeks doing absolutely nothing, with the teacher shooting down every idea someone came up with. Then, a week ago she decides she was going to change our assessment. In the last week of school we had to come up with a piece by ourself. So, we get into our regular groups and everyone acts like they're doing something when really, noone has a clue what is going on. But, anyway, it comes to the day of assessment and my group has done absolutely nothing so we begin to panic. We tell the teacher we're just going to rehearse and manage to come up with something in 15 mins. We go in and perform and it she loves it :? so we were happy with that.

Then there was extension maths. Don't have much to say about that except for this:

Screw Maths 

 Basically, I missed a few lessons this term and they came back to bite me in the ass. I missed the lessons where we learnt the two most important things on the exam. So basically at best I could have gotten a C+ on part A and probably a B- - B+ on part B. Thats the thing that surprised me a lot about the exam. Part B, which has always been and is meant to be more difficult than part A was a hell of a lot easier than Part A. The part that pisses me off is that part B of the exam can't bring my mark up. The only part B can do is take my mark down. So basically, as best I'm looking at a C+ for that exam.

The rest of my exams and assessment went well, especially my english with my lowest mark for the year whether it be an exam or assessment piece was A-. History was incredibly easy, Italian was simple enough, HPE was pretty easy (had to show we could play Badminton, when in reality you just had to hit it to pass) and Business was a pretty good ****for me with me getting a B+ for the term.

But moving off the subject of my schooling and onto the subject of gaming. This month has been a pretty slack month for me. I only picked up one game and that was Call of Duty: World at War. I came into it after playing the beta and I must say I am very impressed with it. I haven't finished it (although I am close to it) yet, but the single player campaign is great. I believe it is only just beaten out by COD4. The graphics are great and I love the voice acting by Kiefer Sutherland! Makes everything seem so much more exciting and more like a movie. If the single players great already I can't wait to play it co-op with The Tommitron (AKA COD4ME) and to give the zombie mode a try.

But now onto what is keeping me from finishing the single player campaign. One of three things.

1. The Multiplayer! The multiplayer on WaW is pretty much identical to COD4's with the addition of new maps, new guns, a few new perks, some tanks and dogs. This isn't a bad thing at all. In fact I think its bloody fantastic! For the time being I think its everything COD4 is and more, however I still don't believe it has the addiction factor that COD4 has. Only time will tell on that one there.

2. My brother. My brother has returned home after 9 months of living in Brisbane in university, so a lot of my time has been spent just doing crap with him.

3. Saints Row 2. This game right here is possibly one of the funnest games I have ever played. It is just so good. The stories are good enough, and the missions are always fun and varied. Its very funny and it just works. Theres something about it. I can't quite put my finger on it but it just makes the game. I'm not sure whether its the sense of you being in the game due to the character creator, or just the game itself but whatever it is I love it.

Due to this month being a bit of a quiet one in terms of game purchases, I'm expecting a big month this month. There are many games I will probably be purchasing or receiving. Games such as:

Far Cry 2

Fable 2

Gears of War 2

Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts

Midnight Club: LA

Fallout 3

Left 4 Dead

Prince of Persia

and possibly 

Fifa 09'.

So, I'll be kept busy for the holidays, although I'll probably be spending them without any money. At least I won't have anytime to think about how much money I've spent on games when I'm actually playing them :P Wait a sec, I just realised that I have plenty of work these holidays, so I should be able to replenish the funds after my big month of spending :D

But anyway, this comes to the end of this blog. If you actually managed to read this much I applaud you as I don't think I could even read all of it.  

Well, today was interesting for me....

Well, today was was going fine, until around about lunch when I decided I'd be an idiot and spray deoderant up one of my friends pants. So anyway, I spray it and run off, not realising it was my friend who happened to be one of the fastest runners in North QLD. So I'm running off and he catches me and pushes me and I fall down, and hit my head rather hard on the ground.

I hit the ground and after a bit get to my senses, but everythings blurry. I began to panic, then realised that my glasses had been sent flying from the impact. Anyway, I picked up my glasses and put them on and stand up but I had one killer head ache as well as a sore neck. I was a little bit worried, but decided it best if I stay at school and just bare through the pain.

The next two periods of class weren't that bad.

But then at second lunch though, my head ache got a lot worse so I go to the admin office and tell them that I've fallen over and hit my head and that I would like to go home. So they tell me to sit down and that they were going to ring my mum. Little did I know that they were calling an ambulance, so needless to say when these paramedics walked in I was a little bit worried.

After a short check up, I was given the all clear. They said that the back of my head was a little bit swollen, but unless my head ache gets severe, the pain in my neck gets severe or I feel like I need to vomit then I'll be fine.

This was all about 2 hours ago and since then my head ache hasn't improved and the pain in my neck is a little bit worse. Hopefully nothing to bad comes out of this as missing school at this point of the year is going to make my exams a lot harder.

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