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RIP Ralph Baer (1922-2014) I really, really hate writing obits. I really do. But I take it as a personal honor to be able to say good things about the men and women I respect, whether in this industry or just in my life, and Ralph Baer is the reason all of this exists in the first...

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We're finally wrapping up last year's accounts and we're giving some of it to you.

Once again, staff blogs and manifestos are excluded. And only the best Vox Pop entry of a member in a given month is considered for that month's Vox Pop contest.

Quote of the Month: "How many guns can a nunchuck chuck, if a nunchunk could chuck guns?" - Oscar Wilde (allegedly)

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Winner: maca2kx
Title: "What not to do during a zombie apocalypse"


Comment: You know what the GRrandmasters like to read about, don't you? Well, I would like give an homage to your post by writing an addendum for each of your sound advice.

- "Try to keep the bitten alive": If your best friend has been infected and you have a tranquilizer, use it on that person before aiming for the face. Not only it is somewhat more humane, but you won't have to listen to someone's trap on how you should try saving... *bam*... annoying bitch...

- "Run in to save your significant other/potential significant other": Aside from having a lengthy sex talk with your significant other before the zombie apocalypse happens, please instruct everyone you care about on how to handle a shotgun. Or if your significant other is a complete wuss, install a danger room with multiple shotgun turrets. Either way, you have an extra source for shotgun ammo, with or without your boo.

- "Get to/stay in population centres": Again, the personal danger room is the best bet here. But for anyone who has played Fallout 3 would know, turning a humongous military ship into a modern day Rivet City (I would take the opportunity to name it "Chinkies") is not a bad idea, either. You can always retract the boarding platform and any zombies stupid enough to try swimming will ultimately drown. Remember, the big zombie death pit puddle known as the ocean is your friend.

- "Run for the guns": For reusable melee weapons that have little chance at breaking and don't need ammo or fuel or some limited resource to use other than your strength and stamina, I would say a very sharp, long sword - katana and bastard sword (preferablly, the Guts in Berserk kind - adapted for your size, of course). Having a suit of metal armor would be good, too - preferably the +5 protection from undead kind.


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Runner-Up: tom-
Title: "Earning That 1000 Yard Stare"

Comment: I can't help but feel like this blog is directed at me. I don't play competitive shooters like Halo, Call of Duty, or Counter-strike (though I have played Left 4 Dead), yet I have played Mass Effect and Fallout 3 all the way through. While gunning in Left 4 Dead let me know how much of a beginner I am at first-person shooters, I didn't need to experience playing a first-person shooter to know this. It was clear from the very beginning when I started Mass Effect and Fallout 3 that I wasn't playing a first-person shooter but an RPG with a first-person shooter perspective. You can't just pause in the middle of a firefight to use a V.A.T.S. system.

But where the lack of the usual first-person shooter skill needed to play these RPGs seem to be a form of disrespect toward the FPS genre, it has made me respect the genre even more. I have friends who play first-person shooters regularly and I don't think I gave them or the genre enough credit until I played Mass Effect and Fallout 3. At the same time, being that I never could bring myself to play Gears of War or Left 4 Dead before, they were my first introductions to the very concept of a first-person shooter. So looking back, I'm glad they aren't as vigorously demanding as a Rainbow Six Vegas or Far Cry, or I would have dropped the controller and convinced myself that the first-person shooter would never be for me. Now when my friend calls me up for a Left 4 Dead LAN party, I join in. And for that, I'm grateful.


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Runner-Up: Melaisis
Title: "What Can We Expect In WoW's Future?"


Comment: I have no idea what you're saying. But it's good.

 

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