Guess who's going to Disney Land?

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I'll probably share a few updates (though not all of them).

I'm so excited, I haven't been in over 10 years. I can't wait to see just how much things have changed since the last time I went.

What should I ride first?

Tomb Raider: Dumb Ways to Die

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**The following editorial does not reflect the official and professional opinions from GameSpot. They are simply the ratings of a gamer with the time to type.**

This last week the gritty remake of Tomb Raider stumbled its way onto the list of free to download games from PlayStation Plus - [LINK], so of course this reminded me that it's currently sitting in my every growing pile of shame. Also, GameSpot had some pretty good things to say about the game [LINK].

So I got comfortable and readied myself for a night of adventure.

All and all so far I have enjoyed what I have experienced as far a game goes. Admittedly, this is the first Tomb Raider I can remember playing from the last decade or so. I of course gave the original game a spin and I'm sure those of you who remember playing it on the console probably remember just how hard it was to do even the most basic movements when you first sat down with the game.

I never thought driving a 98lb girl would feel like a 2-ton truck

Scaring-nostalgia and occasional awkward voice acting aside, I have been having fun. There is however one thing that still bothers me. What the hell is with these death scenes?

The TLDNR version of this rant is that I honestly don't feel like these scenes add anything to my play experience.

I mean, if you think about it for even half a moment you realize that there was someone (or even stranger, a team) who's job it was to come up with every gory, impaling, blood-squirting, smashing, ripping, painful cut-scene.

Further more, there is audio for each and every one of these. I can't help but wonder how much time, effort and money went into just these scenes. This of course adds to the concern of AAA vs. not AAA titles and where they decide to spend their money. It just makes me wonder, if Tomb Raider were a new game, fresh off the Indie-Cade, would they have even bothered trying to tell each gruesome end for our adventurer?

There have been a number of articles expressing disdain at the high levels of "torture porn" in the game. Now to be fair, I'm not inclined to go so far as to call it that, I mean really let's not be extremists…. But I do agree that at times it feels a bit over the top.

Okay… so maybe they're not too far off.

The point being, who among you feels that these scenes actually contributed anything of value to the game as a whole, and can you elaborate on your opinion.

Nintendo, It's not you... it's... well I guess it is you.

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So I'd like to start off by saying that I do really love Nintendo, really.

Many of my "dream tattoo's" have been of symbols from it's franchises, my wallet looks like a classic NES controller. I desperately search flee markets and thrift stores for old games of theirs. So it pains me to say that I want them to change.

It's like telling someone you love that they'd be more awesome if they would just change this major facet about themselves. I can't help it, I wish I could just play their games on something other than a Wii U or a Wii. Perhaps it's because I don't want yet another console in the house. Or maybe it's because after a long day at work the last thing I want to do is any kind of wiggling.

I know my reasons are selfish but I can't help but think that it might be better for them if they just simply allowed others to publish their games. I can't even imagine how much money I would have spent on Nintendo titles if I could play them on Xbox or PlayStation consoles.

I guess I want them to change, but I don't want to lose what I remember them for... Change is scary.

Goals for 2014

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One thing that I've always had a hard time dealing with in the world of gaming is my attention to detail.

It's not that I don't have it per-say, but rather it gets caught up in areas that it perhaps shouldn't. There are times when I find myself staring down this one tiny flaw that ultimately should have no real impact on my opinion regarding a game, and yet it does.

The Devil is in the details they say and I suppose they're right.

When it came time for the new year to become a point of conversation, I found myself asking what I wanted to change. Of course I had the standard assortment of self improvement requests and daydreams. But there were a few that stood out. Here is that list.

1. Play more video games. I mean seriously... I work in the games industry. So why don't I spend hours and hours leveling, grinding, and otherwise experiencing what video games have to offer. I suppose last year part of the reason why I held back was because of the life changes that were happening. But the more I think about it the more it just seems like an excuse. So one of my goals for this year is to play at the very least, one game a month. It doesn't need to be a new title per say but it should have a justifiable reason for taking my time and focus from anything current. So for example; I've never played a Metal Gear Solid game, ever. Catching up on this particular pile of shame in preparation for the day MGS5 is released seems like a valid enough of a reason.

2. Start reviewing. Now when I say this I'm not talking about video games, but instead I'm referring to board games. They're one of my favorite past times and well... if I can be one of those people who help influence another to spend some time gaming with their friends around a table I'll consider it a win.

3. Win a major Magic the Gathering event. Okay now this goal is a bit lofty to say the least. It's going to take a lot of work and a lot of time that I likely don't have in order to get to a point that I would consider "winning". But hey, I guess it's good to have goals even if they're on the dreamy side of things

Well that's about it. These are the "important" personal goals that I have for this year. Wish me luck!

Give me a ship, and a star to sail her by!

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So "Gamer of Shame" moment; I've never really been into the whole Assassin's Creed series despite all reason and logic.

I mean I love history, I love the concept of assassination, and well… I guess those are really the two main points to really ship an opinion based on why anyone would be interested in playing a game but still. Those are two things that should have encouraged me to want to join the guild of assassins. And yet….

So the TLDNR version of why I didn't pick up the first one is that one upon a time an X of mine was obsessively playing it and when the split happened he kept all the consoles and their games. So when I moved back to California the only pixilated pleasure I had to my name were the few legacy games I managed to smuggle out of the house and my DS. After that I just never quite achieved a point where dropping all of the monies on a system made sense. I was perfectly content with my PC and PS2 so why bother.

Years go by, my computer fades off into the technology twilight that befalls all PC's at some point and with a new glorious job in gaming I’m left with basically no good excuses, and yet still I found myself more interested in picking up other games or telling myself that I needed to stay current with titles that were coming out.

Flash forward to E3 2013 when this happened.

I LITERALLY started screaming like a 7 year old girl.

I'm sure many of you are aware that I have a thing for pirates. Not a weird thing mind you, lets not be hasty. But I do thoroughly enjoy pretty much everything to do with the pach-eyed, pegged legged, shiver timber-ers.

So much to the point that during Johnney's Assassin's Creed IV episode of the Waiting Game I couldn't help but go "Did that, seen it, read it, watched it… COME ON!" Further more, I was dismayed that I didn't produce my own list, which would have included things like…. listen to "Hoist the Colors" on an infinite loop…. which may or may not have happened.

Now, despite my pirate fever I haven't had much time to spend plundering and or pillaging, quite sad really. You see, I have a pretty firm rule about playing M rated games around my 4 year old because eh in my opinion she doesn't need to see mommy slit throats.

So my play time is basically limited from the time she goes to bed till the time I go to bed.

I'm currently just past Memory 05: Sugarcane and its Yields and I have to say I'm loving every moment I get to spend with the game. I'll probably review it at some point in the future once I finish it but for the time being I'm off to go take on Spanish soldiers and commandeer some ships with my awesome and powerful Jackdaw.

Top Bug Report 10/21

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Hello GameSpotters, back again with another list of bugs to report.

Last Weeks Issues:

1.) More and more users continue to come in with reports on being unable to log in.

2.) Livefyre avatars still not syncing with GameSpot avatars.

3.) Searching for a forum doesn't return results:

, specific forum, type in forum box.

4.) Search breaks when adding filters:

check games.

5.) Stack Bugs.

Top Ten Bug Report 10/14

1.) Video Player Issues:

- The video player is really choppy.

- There is no options when I hover over the fullscreen icon using ie10

- The video only plays in native ratio and won't even go to 16:9 ratio. I am running windows 7 ultimate and a Mac screen with 1920 x 1080 HD display.

2.) "New Releases" does not currently work as intended. When going to "coming soon" users see a plethora of titles that are irrelevant to core interests.

3.) Signatures not saving

- "Twice now I've had to re-upload my pictures to my settings - I make a post, my sig does not appear (but does if I refresh) - and if I make an extra tab from a link to my profile when no sig is showing, it shows the standardized profile with no pictures.


4.) Subscription to show feature not universal (Images included).

5.) User Rating have vanished

Feature Requests:

1.) Bring back the "new posts in thread" indicators.

2.) Limit number of posts quotes back to, or a maximum length to quotation space.

3.) Unions being merged to the new site.

4.) Anyclip commercials should have volume set to off.

5.) Move the "Flag" button to prevent miss-reports.

6.) Privacy settings for profiles.

Remember that when reporting bugs it is always important to provide as much detail as you are able to. Having screen shots, URL's, and/or examples are some of the best ways for your bug, or feature to be resolved in a timely fashion. And as always, you catch more files with honey than with vinegar. We understand that bugs and missing features are frustrating but being a jerk in your report is well... jerky.