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The stories we carry with us

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In the past couple of weeks, I've experienced several cases of being in some way affected by a great story in whatever way. It's easy to become ignorant of how much great storytelling can affect us in today's world, with all of it's advents. It can be hard to find stories that are truly extraordinary, those that will you to ponder them, even long after the story has concluded. It is a remarkable story that can accomplish that, and that's what I wanted to talk about briefly.

Memento

Memento

This movie was just recently unveiled to me by a friend, and I can't believe that I hadn't seen it for so long. I suppose I was not nearly old enough to comprehend the storyline when it was released in 2000, but I regret not seeing it sooner. With that being said, it was absolutely fantastic. I find it hard to describe the movie, because it is, well, undescribable. The way the story is told in backwards segments with black and white events going in chronological order is simply invigorating. The way Guy Pearce plays the protagonist in Memebto is superb; you'll be following his tale, paying close attention to every scene, constantly quesitoning the truth that the protagonist seeks, far beyond the credits. The ending, or the beginning I should say, leaves more questions lingering, and demands another viewing for further comprehension.

HP7

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Harry Potter is a story that I've grown up throughout my childhood, whether it be reading the books or watching the movies. Through the dividing of the final chapter of the epic series into two parts, the last book has been retained very faithfully, and part 2 did not disappoint, besides when the credits rolled and I realized that it was all over. The fact that a single story would suck me into it so thoroughly for a huge portion of my juvenile life left me with some post-Potter depression once the credits began to roll. It's hard to give up the things that you love, and the case is not so different here, and yet it is a feeling that is more happy than not. Thank you for my childhood, Harry Potter.

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2

I received Mass Effect 2 as a Christmas present in the past year, and regrettably haven't had a chance to play it until, well, this week. What a week it's been, from the moment I popped the disc in, I was completely sucked into the world of Mass Effect again, just as I was with the first of the trilogy. Since I imported my character from the first game, the choices I made carried over, making the game already feeling more real. It's very easy to become attached to the diverse cast as you gain their loyalty over time, and eventually join together to run as the game coins the "suicide mission". It's an incredibly cohesive experience from a story driven standpoint, as Mass Effect 2 exceeds its predecessor with not only a bigger heart, but a better integration of characters that will inevitably feel real to you. The fact that everyone who plays it will walk away feeling differently makes Mass Effect 2 truly fantastic. Mass Effect 3 can't come any sooner.

The stories that we carry with us long after the tale has been told are the ones worth listening to; it's something that will always be important to us.

It's been far too long

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I haven't logged onto Gamespot in months, not to mention blogged or communicated to anyone. I've been oh so busy in the past school year, probably the most stressful of my life to be honest with you, but I signed up for it, 6 advanced courses weren't too fun. Oh and sorry to anyone who may have stumbled upon my previous pity seeking blog. It was my first major heartbreak, and I was pretty desperate just to find some consolation, regardless of where it came from.

I'll try not to make this a wall of text, but hopefully I'm going to have a bit more time to get on Gamespot, now that it's summer, even though I still go to summer school for Government/Economics to clear up some room in my Senior schedule, 5 1/2 hours a day of awesome. That's alright though, it's 5 1/2 hours of sleep really, and I still manage a 97. Not to be brash, but it's extremely easy, but 6 weeks of fun, fun, fun. fun. In fact I really only have 1 free week of summer before school starts up again, but that's alright.

As for games, there hasn't been much action there either. I've just been playing some Xbox whenever there's any spare time, Vanquish being a particular favorite of mine for a while. Perhaps some day I find too much time on my hands, I'll write a review for it, I haven't done one of those doohickeys in a long time.

Vanquish

Other than that, there is nothing else to be said, toodleoo my friends

There is no life after you

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I know i haven't posted in forever, but i haven't really had the time. Sorry for the depressing title too, but that pretty much sums up a lot of what's been going on..

Basically, I loved a girl and she ended up breaking my heart after a long relationship, it's a long story, but walls of text are no fun, so basically this was totally unexpected on my part, so that's been making the recovery process extremely difficult..

There are a lot more circumstances, we may get back together and will at least be friends once we move on.. but first I have to move on, and that seems impossible right now.. I know it's not, but it's hard to believe that life goes on and things get better.. But let's cease rambling, i had to get that out of my system.

But something less depressing, my Xbox was having tons of problems and my warranty expired, so for my birthday a month ago i got a 250g Xbox :D it's really great so far, and last week I bought Reach, which is equally awesome so far, and I'm also thinking about buying a Turtle Beach x11 headset, it's a bit pricey, but from what I've heard, it's incredible with in game sounds too. Plus I'm really tired of going through crappy xbox mics (i'm on my 4th one now), they either snap in half or just stop working for me...

But yeah, that's what's been going on lately, I'll try to keep you guys updated more!

-tancred

Turtles

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So as I look back at that last blog, it seems I had no reason to complain, I got a 95 on that Conic Sections test in my algebra 2 class, sawheet!

In other news, I've been playing a lot of... Pokemon, actually, surprise right? It's just so bloody addicting that i can't get my hands off it sometimes. I've also been playing a lot of xbox, especially some good ol' Dead Space.

Dead Space

Ahh, it never gets old :D

Speaking of Dead Space, I've definitely played a lot more xbox games since i last actively blogged, so I've been thinking about making another top 10 xbox games series, just seeing about your guys' outlook about it or if you really even care.

Oh. I forgot about that title.

Turtle

Enjoy

-tancred

So yeah. It seems that I missed my 3 year anniversary...

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-.-

^that is all i have to say. Oh wow, I've been at GameSpot for a long time though, and I can safely say that I've probably grown no more than a couple levels in this third year. Hooray.

Besides that, i've been so busy in schoolwork, and when i get the time I've been playing some xbox whenever I've gotten the chance. I've definitely been holding off on spending all that money I'm rolling in (hahaha) on games, but it seems that I'll simply have to get Red Dead Redemption.

http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/reddeadredemption/video/6259977/red-dead-redemption-gameplay-series-multiplayer-competitive-modes

They had me sold at Nudity.

But in all seriousness, let's just face it, the game looks just about as awesome as the word awesome allows it to be.

To sum up my school life, Conic Sections in my algebra cIass make me want to punch someone in the face, for once we decided to read a good book in English (The Count of Monte Cristo) and finals are coming up in just a few weeks.

All in all, life is well. Dandy, huh?

-tancred

I'm an awful person

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Well I said I would be updating more a month ago. I didn't. I feel so awful.

But anyway, as for new games, I borrowed Batman Arkham Asylum as well as Assassin's Creed II from my friend, and both are completely super special awesome. Batman surprised me, it has a really great storyline backed up by some pretty sawheet free flow fighting. Assassin's Creed II has to be better than the first one in just about every way possible, and that's all I'll say about that.

As for the trusty DS, I received Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon from goozex(only 300 points, noice!), it's just like the GBA games really, and that's why i already love it, although not much can top good ol' Sacred Stones. I also picked up Heart Gold yesterday, I wasn't planning on it originally, but my friend beat me up until i agreed to buy it. Ok, only joking, he convinced me to get it though, and I'm not regretting it at all. Silver was my favorite Pokemon game, and the new game keeps all the stuff from it alive as well as adding every new thing that has been incorporated into Pokemon games since then. Plus, I mean.... Pokewalker... how can you resist?

Ok, I'm going to go kick some names and take arse with Cyndaquil

Wait let me try that again...

-tancred

*insert witty return title here*

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Its been far too long. I don't have much to say besides just what I've been up to for a long long time and being away from Gamespot. Ive been having difficulties with throwing gamespot into the midst of balancing having a girlfriend, actually doing homework (I've started noticing that if you actually try in honors classes, you do a lot better), and of course getting my necessary game time in.

I'm having a great semester so far, however when it comes to my Algebra 2 honors class, I'm having the most bipolar time of my life. When it came to absolute values and composite functions, I A+++'ed the test, and when we switched units to polynomials, I failed it. Now we're on the second part of the unit and i got another A on our last quiz. I'd say I was a bit confused. Otherwise, my grades are better than ever, other than English H (my teacher is such a female dog).

Skull Candy headphones have made my life good too, and that's all I have to say about that.

I'm really looking forward to getting back on here more often and posting more and even more for writing more reviews. I'm also really hoping to pick up Mass Effect 2 and/or Bioshock 2 soon. Nothing else really needs to be said, besides everything is going well now, except that Splosion Man makes me want to punch someone in the face.

Updatius Maximus

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Hey everyone, I've been hanging around GameSpot more than usual, its always fun to watch Trolls at work in System Wars and whatnot. As for mua, things have been going good ever since school ended, my marks turned out pretty good - 5 A's, 1 high B and... a 70 in honors Biology.. which makes me pretty mad, since we only had student-made reviews, so we all had our heads on the desks thinking 'fmlfmlfmlfmlfmlfml' when it came to exam time.

But anyways, a quick update on gaming, I've beaten Fallout 3 and I'm soon going to buy the DLC (more Fallout is always great). I know I never really wanted Fallout around the time it came out, but it's incredibly fun and addicting. I've let you down grafkun.

I got Freedom Fighters for the PS2, I haven't played much of it, but it's a fun game. I've also borrowed GTA IV from a friend, and it's great so far. The story's surprised me with it's depth, and it's just plain funny sometimes. Free roam with friends is a blast too.

GTAIV

I've been trying to write a Dead Space review for a while now, but I can't quite be satisfyed the way I'm writing it, I'm still trying to find the right words to describe it, I'm not sure I'll be happy with it for quite a while before I submit it, althoug other reviews may be on the way.

Due to Live being down today, and not being able to step outside without turning into a pile of steamy goo, I picked up Brawl and started playing again. My Lucas will slowly start to be awesome again. I've also discovered that I'm pretty good with Wolf.

The only game I really want now is Prototype, but I'm going to wait on that, from what friends have told me, it's loads of fun. I'm actually surprised how well GameSpot reveiwed it, considering a lot of major game reviewers game it an average score. I don't care either way though, I'm definitely getting it.

Prototype

As for the future, I'm getting Modern Warfare 2 on the day it comes out, something I've only done with Brawl, and I can't wait for Bioshock 2 or Mass Effect 2. I'm still weirded out by the fact that there's going to be a Left 4 Dead 2, but I'm still probably getting it. Looks like its the year (or beginning of next year in the Case of Mass Effect 2) for second installations.

Take it easy ;)