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XBLA Code Giveaway: The Splatters

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Hey folks,

Right, I have an absolute shed-load of XBLA codes for The Splatters and I have no idea what to do with them. I featured the game on Secret Code few months back and the developers have just sent me like, ALL of the codes. If you've not heard of The Splatters it's a really neat physics puzzle game released earlier this year by three dudes in Israel. It's coming to Steam sometime next year I believe. It's also this week's Xbox Live Deal of the Week (400MSP, down from 800). I don't think it sold massively first time around, probably for the very reasons Patrick Klepic has highlighted recently.

Now I don't make a habit of doing promotional work for developers, but like a kid who found a bag of weed who doesn't have the resources to sell, I need people to take this stuff off my hands pronto.

So if you're interested in winning a copy, reply with your favorite indie game released this year and I'll PM you a code ASAP. First come first served!

The Splatters Screenshot

GameSpot's 24 Hour Charity LiveStream - October 20th

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24 Hours of Games

Ladies, gentlemen, and sentient automatons,

Playing video games for a day is the only way I know how to contribute to society and the lives of others. So on October 20th GameSpot will livestream a 24 hour gaming marathon in support of gaming charity Extra Life. Extra Life is an annual event that raises funds for Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals around the world, and this year myself and some of my most handsome friends will livestream 24 of the best games ever made - each chosen from 24 years of gaming history. One per hour starting with the 1989 classic Prince of Persia. The entire event will be livestreamed on GameSpot and Twitch.TV with community interaction, online gaming sessions, prizes and special guests galore!

Last year, Extra Life raised more than 1.2 million dollars to save kids, but in 2012 our goals, just like the needs of the children, are much, much higher. Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their family's ability to pay. These kids are facing scary things like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few.

So if you have anything to spare, your donations would be greatly appreciated. You can donate by visiting the link below. To recieve updates on when the event goes live you can use the event's Facebook Page, or follow me on twitter.

DONATE NOW

EVENT PAGE ON FACEBOOK

A Very Sensible Community Service

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What Game you playing?
FIFA, PES and Sensilbe Soccer on a variety of old and new consoles.

Who's this week's guest?
Jon Hare from Sensible Software. Lead designer of SWOS, Sensible Soccer, and Cannon Fodder among others.

Wait, what is this?
We have some drinks and play games after work, chat with the community and special guests.

Where?
http://www.twitch.tv/gamespot
and then on-demand on the site a day later.

When?
5PM - London
12PM - Eastern
11AM - Central
10AM - Mountain
9AM - Pacific

How do I get involved?
Log into the Twitch chatroom and follow us on twitter and ask questions @dannyodwyer and @ReadySebbyGo.
To play, add GameSpot UK on Xbox Live.

Community Service - Counter Strike: GO

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After a few weeks on holiday we're back folks! Hope you all had a nice summer. Winter is setting in so time to sit in and play some PC games methinks...

What is this?
We have some drinks and play games after work, chat with the community and special guests. This week we chose Counter Strike Global Offensive so I had an excuse to stick X-to-the-Z in the graphics.

Where?
http://www.twitch.tv/gamespot
and then on-demand on the site a day later.

When?
5PM - London
12PM - Eastern
11AM - Central
10AM - Mountain
9AM - Pacific

How do I get involved?
Log into the Twitch chatroom and follow us on twitter and ask questions @dannyodwyer and @ReadySebbyGo.
My username on Steam is danielodwyer. Note, daniel not danny.

What Game you playing?
Counter Strike Global Offensive. The PC / Mac version via Steam.

Who's this week's guest?
Still working on it!

Polygon Hubris

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This week Polygon, a soon to be launched video game website, released a trailer for their upcoming behind the scenes / origin story "Press Reset". Some loved it, others found it arrogant. I found it so dumb and insulting that I'm actually writing words about it. I never write about this stuff, because games journo in-fighting is so incredibly unimportant. But this touched a nerve, and I talk enough **** on Twitter.

Covering video games is a privilege, one worth sacrificing for. If you were to go around our office you'd find that most of us had unused degrees in other areas (usually better paying areas) to talk about games for a living. I know it's the same story in other publications. I myself moved to a foreign country, away from my friends and family, just so I could have a better chance of getting a job in games. And when I finally did, I had to bite the bullet of living in a different continent from my future wife for two years.

If I was an X-Factor contestant, they'd call that my 'journey' and use it to fuel appreciate and support for my struggle as a middle class white boy trying to get his dream job. But that would make a wanker and would act as an insult to all those who struggled just as hard and never gotten the opportunity.

There are proper ways to do it, How to Build a Bomb was an interesting insight into starting a new website. But it was informal, casually shot and had a much more important role of acting as a communication link between Giant Bomb and their fans.

Videos are stories and editors the writers. So when you create a documentary with the production values on show in this trailer, you send a message that this is somehow important. That wasting all these talented writers and developers time on a vanity project about middle class white boys trying to spend money to create their dream job is important.

It's not. It's insulting and makes you all look like a$$holes. It enforces this new idea that creators are more important than their creations. We're not celebrities, we're just the lucky few who have the jobs all the others want. A lot of us worked hard to get into this industry and are working hard again to make it better. And when you waste the opportunity to contribute to the world of gaming by instead celebrating your bloody good fortune, you insult those trying to get in and make a mockery of the rest of us. In trying to make games coverage better, you're making it so much worse.

It's masturbation.
So until you guys sort this out I'm moving my Polygon bookmark into the porn folder.

Return of the epic GTA Game Night - Community Service

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Community Service is as much a community interaction night as it is a game night - but we think we could be doing better on the game night side of things. So next week, in *cough* celebration of the riots in London this time last year, we'll be playing a bit of Anarchy Reigns and then attempting to emulate, arguably the best game night in GameSpot history with some GTA 4 Free For All.

But to pull it off we need as many people as possible to dust off their copies of GTA IV and set aside some time next week. So if you like running around a digital city, blowing it, and each other up, then make sure you add GameSpot UK on Xbox Live and be ready to play sometime after 5pm BST (12PM - Eastern, 11AM - Central, 10AM Mountain, 9AM - Pacific).

AS AN ADDED INCENTIVE I've already started the graphic for next week's show and I'm going to get it printed and hung up in the office after the night. Once it's finished it will look like a movie poster and every user that joins in on the game night will have their name printed on it. I'll also share out a high-res file of the graphic too.

So, who wants to blow some stuff up?

Riot

Skaterboarding! - Community Service

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SKATERBOARDING

What is this?
We have some drinks and play games after work, chat with the community and special guests. Tony Hawk HD Collection came out so we're playing that, and Skate 3 and maaaaybe Tony Hawk Ride. Depends how desperate/drunk we get.

Where?
http://www.twitch.tv/gamespot
and then on demand on the site a day later.

When?
5PM - London
12PM - Eastern
11AM - Central
10AM - Mountain
9AM - Pacific

How do I get involved?
Add Gamespot UK on Xbox Live to join in.
Log into the Twitch chatroom and follow us on twitter and ask questions @dannyodwyer and @johnneh.

What Game you playing?
Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD. Skate 3.

Who's this week's guest?
Why it's Aoife Wilson previously from Jinx, now doing other stuff! Say hey: @AoifeLockhart

Hope to see you there folks.
Who's tuning in?

Achievement Unlocked: Engaged

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Well... I figured after sending her off to Dubai while I stayed in London to pursue my dream, I should probably give her some bling.

At least a months salary

It's odd to tell people you're engaged when your 26. But I've been in love with Dee for my entire adult life. We met when we were 17, started dating a year later, and have been inseparable ever since. Thankfully in the eight years since then, we grew together rather than apart. It could have easily gone the other way. You change as a person in those years. You're personality, desires and dreams. Thankfully the things that connected us stayed the same, and in many cases strengthened.

We're very different people on paper. She doesn't play many games, I don't watch any TV. She adores school, I hated it. I have a penis she has this other thing. Apart from snowboarding, which we rarely get the chance to do, we barely share any hobbies, but our attitudes to life, love and family are in tune. We're adaptable, realistic and neither of us can imagine a future without the other.

When I was young, my father used to tell me "Marry your best friend", and it's the best advice I've ever been given. She's been my best friend for eight wonderful years. I hate being away from her, but I'm happy in the knowledge that soon, we'll be able to spend the rest of ours lives together.

Well.... about a year from now. But in the context of a healthy lifetime, that's really not that far away.

In any case, I'll need at least 12 months to gather up the required food and booze for the wedding.
It's going to be bloody epic.