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New Profile Up

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Well, my new profile up is up. I shall hence forth be known as Silent-Hal8)! I will probably be a regular poster from now on and look foward to catching up with everything I have missed in the passed few months.

I'll see you guys around :). Peace 8).

I've Missed You All

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Okay... where to start? I guess I should start by apologising for my very sudden and unexplained absence, where I stopped managing my union and posting in the other unions I was a member of and stayed offline for months without posting anything and that, I am sorry for :(. I won't go into the reasons for my departure, but lets just say I was going through a difficult time and I wasn't able to do some of the stuff I usually would have done (posting on Gamespotfor instance).

I have also gotten aroundto deleting my union, which I found in disrepair after my long absence (and it wasn't exactly brilliant before I left :P) so sorry to those that were still members.

Anyway lets get down to why i've suddenly decided to come back and write this. I will be returning to gamespot soon with a new profile, hopefully within the next few days, heck I might even do it tonight if I feel like it :), so I will be back posting in all my old unions under a new alias8) (I'm not sure what I'm gonna call it yet, but don't be surprised ifI keep it ina horror theme) and will soon beback to my Silent Hill obsessed wise-cracking ways:D! (I'm not quite sure if thats a good thing or not :P).

I've missed all my old friends here though Iam saddened to see that the Crimson Butterfly Union has been disbanded (and all the work I put inot becoming an officer) after the departure of leader Bloody_Kimono_ though I can always find new unions to post in.

I see that gamespot has changed quite a lot since I left and this I guess I will have to get used to, but I'm willing to give it a shot ;).

Currently playing: God Of War II & Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

Currently listening to: Ozzy Osborne- Black Rain, Dimmu Borgir- In Sorte Diaboli, Mortiis- The Smell Of Rain & Kamelot-Ghost Opera

My Union.

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I finally managed to get a union up and running! :D

 After two attempts to form it I have finally got The Horror Monsters union started. It is a union about all horror games and movies and is for anyone who likes survival horror games or loves to be scared.

 I have only just got it started and could do with some support from people who are willing to join

Anyone interested ? ;)  Horror Monsters union

Lacuna Coil show summary

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This was the first ever live concert I had been to and I was not disappointed. Lacuna coil really know how to do a really kick @ss show :D.

First up were support band PoisonBlack, a goth metal band from Finland and sound like a heavier HIM. They were only on for around 30-45 minutes but they did an amazing perfromance with good guitar solos and great vocals from former Sentanced voaclist Ville Laihala. Highlights were The Glow Of the Flames and single Love Infernal from their album Escapexstacy.

 PoisonBlack - Love Infernal 

At first only half the band appeared on the dimmly lit stage wearing the mask from the cover of their new album Karmacode. Soon after, lead singers Christina and Andrea come on stage to massive appluase and screams from fans. They did a really exciting show and there was a lot of energy in the hall, with great tracks like Swamped, Fragile, Circle and Closer being played.

They came back shortly after for an amazing encore, an it seems as if they were saving the best for last with singles Enjoy The Silence , Heavens A Lie and Our Truth finishing the  show. Thank you Lacuna Coil, for a f*cking awesome gig :twisted:.

 

Lacuna Coil - Heavens A Lie 

Lacuna Coil - Our Truth 

Lacuna Coil - Enjoy The Silence 

Lacun Coil - Swamped

Rock City

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It seems almost every rock band is coming to my local rock venue Rock City on their tour schedules this year:D

with AFI, The Automatic, Bullets and Octane, Disturbed, Dragonforce, Lacuna Coil, Lordi, Motorhead, Opeth, Seether, W.A.S.P, Wednsday 13, My Chemical Romance, UFO, Satyricon and many other bands all playing the venue.

I currently got tickets to see:

Lacuna Coil - October 11th


Lordi - October 26th



Deathstars - November 5th



Rock on :twisted: !

Holiday / Update

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I've just got back after a weeks holiday in Wales. I stayed in the northern part of the country and stayed in a nice barn conversion at a farm in Snowdonia. It was the third year running that i've stayed there and was as beautiful as ever and the weather was suprsingly good (it'd rained quite alot the past few years i'd been there). This year i finally worked up the courage to walk up mount Snowdon, which is over three thousand feet tall! I was nackered when i got back down but it was a nice hike up there, but the weather was very unpredictable up their (one minute it was raining, then it was foggy, then it was windy)

 There were quite a few nice coastal towns their as well such as Llandudno and Betws-y-Coed and overall i had a nice time.

I also got three new games while i was on holiday which were: X-Men Legends II: Rise Of Apocalypse (psp), Alone In The Dark: The New Nightmare (ps2) and Silent Hill (ps1).  

    

I hated AITD and took it back a few days after i got it, it was an awful game with awful gameplay, cutscenses, voice acting and graphics and looked and played like a rather bad ps1 game. X-Men was fun though and very good, even better than the original (i couldn't believe i was playing a psp game!) with the added bonus of being able to play as Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants as well as the X-men. Silent Hill however was just as good as i thought it'd be and was really hard to get a hold of, the graphics were a little outdated (still looked better than AITD though!) and had the amazing gameplay and storyline i've come to expect from the series. 

I also got a new emblem recently which means i finally have a rather large number of friends (which is mainly thanks to matsonpp and that thing he but on his blog which makes people track you when they click on your name):

 

I also became a charter member and officer recently of the new Silent Hill Resort union which is a fun new union dedicated to my favouite game series of all time, lead by my friend Lusitanogamer, it is well worth joining if you are a fan of Silent Hill or just Survial Horror games in general.

In unrelated news i also found out a new rock band i quite liked called Scar Symmetry:

 

They are Swedish and i first heard them when i watched thier new video (called the Illusionist) on a DVD i got free with Metal Hammer Magazine and have recently just ordered their album off of Amazon.co.uk, their style is the mix of a more gruff tone and a catchy melody and chorus.

Here is a link to the video on Youtube: 

Scar Symmetry - The Illusionist   (please view and give opinions)

New games (comments welcome)

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I traded in Mercenaries, Splinter Cell, The Getaway: Black Monday and Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition in at gamestation last week for: 

 

 

I am a massive survival horror fan and i thought these were two brillaint games, with Fatal Frame II being the scariest game i've ever played (even over the Silent Hill games) and is very original in the fact that your only weapon is a antique camera. Obscure is also good, but i have yet to try out the co-op mode, I completed that last night and my review will be online shortly. 

Pro-Jekt and Deathstars (opinions please)

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I'm a big fan of rock music, (mostly industrial like rammstein) and i'm really pissed off at all these american sounding punk bands that are so popular at the moment (E.G Aiden, My Chemical Romance and a few other) so I was pleasently suprised when I found a few new bands while looking on the internet. Deathstars are from Sweden and Pro-Jekt are from the Uk, just a couple of miles up the road from where i live suprisingly. They both sound amazing and i now listen to them quite often.

Here are Cyanide by Deathstars: www.youtube.com/watch?v=e37wXmUe70E 

and the Day Afer Never video by Pro-Jekt: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BFp4giXlLg  

check em out and give your opinions.

Silent Hill

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I went to see the Silent Hill movie with a few mates recently. I loved the movie and i thought it captured the spirit of the games almost perfectly, with the games score, a perfect recreation of Silent Hill and the games monsters, including the towering Pyramid Head (pictured) from Silent Hill 2. I thought it was a great film and was the best video game adaption (after Doom and Resident Evil) i've ever seen and one of the best horror movies. They remained very faithful to the source material and Gans and Avary obviously understood the games and they made a very successful transition to the big screen, though there were a few *ahem* creative changes made to the storyline, such as *spoilers* the people living in the church (which kind of made the film lose the games sense of isolation) and when Alessa comes up and kills all the cult members at the end (though i have to admit, that was cool) . *end spoilers*.

your opinions?

Just Joined

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I only just signed up to gamespot last week and i figured it was about time i started my blog.

My name is Isaac and i live in the Uk, in Nottingham (its not as bad as everyone says it is) in a town called stapleford which is affectionately called "Stabbo". 

I thought i'd join because i go on the site regurally anyway and i love games, so i figured, why not?

I love survival horror games like Silent Hill, Obscure, Resident Evil and Project Zero (Fatal Frame) and action adventure games, such as God of War, Prince of Persia and Shadow of the Colossus. 

I except any friend or union invitations and if you have any games to recommend to me, just shout.