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Remember...I'm a Twitter guy now.

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Yep, since around March 2007, I have been using Twitter. If you are on Twitter, follow me if you want and let me know your username, so I can follow back. We can @ each other all night long! Tweeting is the cool, cool. At least in my world. It's the usual name...Thorpe without the 89 = twitter.com/Thorpe.

That's where you'll catch my recent "entries" and I'll continue to use GameSpot blogs to make a post every now and then. Happy tweeting, GameSpotting all. :)

Happy new decade.

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A new year, a new decade. I wish all of you the best for 2010 and beyond. May your dreams become reality one day (well, if they're realistic enough) and may your video games bring more joy and frustration. What? Well, come on...you can't go a year without getting frustrated at a video game...it's just impossible. Overall though - more quality over quantity (I'm pointing the finger at a few franchises, which I won't shame).

I watched The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (longest title ever?) for the first time in late December. I went in thinking this was going to be a typical Disney adventure movie but was very much surprised at how it sucked me into the magical, epic world of Narnia created by C.S. Lewis - I felt apart of it for two hours. Disney can still do amazing movies. I've not seen the sequel yet but I've heard it's going downhill from there.

All the characters were great. Especially Liam Neeson as Aslan - such a powerful but soothing voice. Tilda Swinton was the ideal choice for the White Witch. If I could relate to one character, I'd say Edmund purely because I'm one for going off and doing things my way, even though I may regret it. I seem to enter a situation every now and then to only learn what I has happened after the damage has been done.

The soundtrack is one of the high points and purely outstanding work from Harry Gregson-Williams (Call of Duty 4, Metal Gear Solid 4, Shrek). Seems this is one of his most popular works when I look at his Last.fm page. Purely epic (it has to be) music plays during the battle scene. I've been playing that piece so much this new year...it's just crazy. 700,000 views this track alone has on YouTube...and that's rather good for a film score. I need sleep I just realised. So I'll leave you with this...

"The Battle" theme by Harry Gregson-Williams

20th year on Earth...soon.

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On December 2, I turn 20. I'm no longer a teenager, I still play video games and will continue to do so for as long as they provide me the entertainment. Birthdays aren't really that exciting anymore, mainly because I can afford to buy the stuff I want now. However, I guess you can't complain about the cake.

Gaming-wise, I've been playing 1 vs. 100 and been doing fairly well. I've just got one achievement left in it but I have to wait until a live event comes up to get it. I have also done all of spec-ops and the campaign 100% in Modern Warfare 2, which has given me my most recent 1000 gamerscore. Now, my focus is on Assassin's Creed II. It's very enjoyable so far and varied compared to the previous.

If you'd like to read my review on it, without giving too much detail, then please check out my contribution to AndyWilliam24's Gamer Euphoria website, that you are welcome to become apart of. I have this week off and plan to make good use of my time, through the means of video games, although I'll try to get out once in a while. ;)

Anyone using Raptr?

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If so, please add me. Raptr tracks your profiles (such as Xbox LIVE, Xfire, Steam, PSN) and then reports activity from those profiles to your profile. So, if you earn a few achievements on Xbox LIVE, these get tracked and reported to your profile (providing you have privacy settings set to 'Everyone'). It's an interesting development let's say.

Anyway, take a look at my profile to get a better look and if you're a member, be sure to add me. :)

http://raptr.com/Thorpe

Got my badge!

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I'm back as a general moderator for GameSpot. I decided for a few months, that I simply wasn't helping out that much and so I went back to being a standard user. Now, whilst I am not as active as I used to be, I will be helping out every so often.

Why did I come back? Well, around E3, I found myself growing to use the site frequently once again, although not as much. Now, I aim to use the forums a few times a week and keep up with GameSpot's features. From here on, I will be moderating but not as heavily as other moderators. Doing a tiny bit of moderating is better than none. You could say that for any project really. A little, a lot - it helps.

So, for the friends that are still here and loyal to my profile, I will proceed to give you an insight on what I've played over the weekend. One game and that one game is Fallout 3. Surprise - not on the Xbox 360 but on my PC. I paid out a good chunk to get a decent rig sorted, so I might as well start playing some fairly recent titles on it. The good thing about Fallout 3 is how it sucks you right in and the many different ways you can do the quests.

There's a lot of walking to do but the world is huge. So many interesting places, secrets to unveil. I haven't had this much fun exploring since San Andreas. At first, with very little on my character, it seemed rather annoying but when you get a good supply of ammo and a few weapons, you feel fine. There's so much dialogue in Fallout 3. The developers must have dedicated a lot to get all this together.

It looks amazing. Using the 'Very High' configuration, although not every single thing is set to its highest. Running smooth - even with that Games for Windows - LIVE overlay. If I get 1000 gamerscore in this and enjoy it to the end, I may just get the expansion packs too. I've got a long way to go...

No emblems.

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Nope. No emblems. Only have Nintendo conference one. Why? I was in chat for both Microsoft and Sony. So, surely I was watching them? Emblems really never work anymore on this site. It kinda feels annoying, especially when you go out of your way to watch these events live.

Every year I watch all conferences live. This year is no exception. Is there anyone who actually has all the press conference ones? Why must I suffer? I really shouldn't get too sensitive over them. :(

Moderator no more.

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As you may notice by glancing over to my emblems, there's not a moderator emblem in sight. That's because last week I decided to 'throw in the towel' and go back to being a standard user (well, I'm at Total Access it seems). Why did I do this? 2009 has already seen two months go by and I've hardly contributed GameSpot. I've not got through and dealt with things, which does seem a bit unfair to the other moderators.

There's no point having a moderator badge if you're not going to use it. That's my reason. Later this year, I may pick up the pace with my contributions. I would like to get a steady flow of reviews sent in. There's many titles I have played but I just haven't had the creativity to go type up a review. Also, if I find myself feeling 'active' here once again, I may one day be a moderator...again.

So, take care. Now, just to get through the last few things on Crash Time II for Xbox 360. It's a cheesy, guilty pleasure. ;)

5 years on GameSpot.

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Wow, just wow. I'm not blogging regularly anymore but this is worth blogging! It's the first day of February, which means it's my anniversary on GameSpot. Joined in 2004 and contributed lightly and soon picked up the pace in 2005. In late 2007, I became a moderator.

Memorable Moments
  • On the Spot - GTA: San Andreas (2004)
  • E3 2006 live - crazy conferences
  • After Hours live
  • PlayStation Portable live US launch broadcast
  • PlayStation 3 and Wii live US launch broadcasts
  • GameSpot UK!
  • Top 100 reviewer status
  • Moderator in late 2007
  • Jeff Gerstmann dismissal in late 2007
  • Much more that I probably can't think of right now!


I've been around on video games websites before 2004 - Games Radar in early 2003; I used to use their forums a lot. Other websites (some I still am active on) include HamieNET (MIDI database; joined summer 2002) and IMDb (joined late 2002). So, 5 years on GameSpot and hopefully I'll still be around. 19 now and lots of things sure have changed.

I would like to thank the community who continue to support GameSpot and the staff, who have been very generous with their gifts and patience with me in the live chats (hehe). 2009 and one month through already. I admit, I'm not too active as I was a year or so back but the important thing is, I am still here helping out and staying connected with my online friends.

It's happening...again.

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The same thing like last year is occuring...and no - it's not a good thing. My other cat has got a tumour, so it looks like he won't be around much longer. My other cat died around this time last year. January doesn't like me. :cry:

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