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    An Open Letter to Ellie and Joel

    By Softballchic10

    There are certain games that come along from time to time that really get your attention. It could be for the action, the graphics or game play. However, it is a rare occasion that a game grabs you for all of these, plus the amazing experience of becoming emotionally attached and involved in the actions of characters. It is to this that I write this open letter to Ellie and Joel. I met them in the “The Last of Us.” *(Please note that I've tried to write this to contain no spoilers.
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Book Review: Deities and Demigods (1980)

Probably one of the first sourcebooks put out for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons was Deities and Demigods, a book with a collection of beings that would provide something for your Cleric to be, well, a cleric of. However, it doesn’t really hold up very well, particularly compared to later deity books for later editions of AD&D and D&D. The problem with the book lies with the fact that the book is very much at odds with itself. The first chapter or so of the book talks about the nature

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Movie Review: The Legend of Hell House

I enjoy a good haunted house film – like Poltergeist and the Woman in Black. When this film, adapting a novel by Richard Matheson which was in turn inspired by a Shirley Jackson novel, came up on my radar.  The plot is pretty basic. An eccentric millionaire, Mr. Deutsch (Mr. German – cute), hires a selection of people with various talents to investigate a haunted house that has come into his possession, but not just any haunted house, but the ostensible “Mount Everest of Haunted Houses” – The B

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The fragile ego of the magazine scanner

Someone wiser than me once said, "never blog when you're drunk."  But this isn't a blog, so I'm exempt from that advice thank god. I just wanted to put this out there now, while I'm too impaired to be concerned with how insecure and needy it makes me look.  Scanning a magazine is hard work.  Because it isn't just scanning, it it?  First you've got to de-bind the mag.  Then comes scanning.  And after that, the most time intensive process of them all - editing.  Depending on the length o

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Video Game (Vlog) Review: Dragon Quest IV – Chapters of the Chosen

This time I’m doing a Vlog-style review of the fourth Dragon Quest game, and the first of the older titles to get re-released on the DS in the US. Please support my Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/countzeroor Member of The Console Xplosion Network: http://www.theconsolexplosion.com/ Watch my Live-Streams on http://twitch.tv/countzeroor/ Filed under: Video games, videos Tagged: Dragon Quest, Nintendo DS, Video games, video review

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Comic Review: The Shadow – Seven Deadly Finns

This time I’m finishing up the run of DC’s The Shadow Comics – at least the ones that I own a copy of, with a story arc that goes back to some of the character’s original pulp roots. The premise of this arc, on paper, should make for a gloriously macabre crime thriller, taking a mix of the pulp genre and combining it into the exploitation genre. This arc pits The Shadow and his agents against the Finn family, a group of brothers involved in organized crime, selling drugs, arms, and smuggling di

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Book Review: The Siren Depths

I’ve previously covered the first two books in Martha Wells’ Books of the Raksura series – The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea. I’ve finished reading the third installment of the series, and I want to give my thoughts on that. Well, in short, if the Books of the Raksura series ended here, I’d be okay with that – not because this book is bad, or because I’m not interested in more stories with these characters. It’s because this book really ends with a satisfying feeling, with a sense of closure,

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Photo Coming Soon: My mission: impossible

You may have noticed that I upload a lot of pictures to the gallery.  There's a simple reason for this: I hate being lied to. An optimist would tell you that "photo coming soon" sounds better than "no one has been arsed to upload a photo and aren't bloody well likely to, either," but optimism has always been a four letter word in my book (as it happens, my book had been tragically shipped to the printers before it could undergo a spel chek.) So when I visited Retromags for the first ti

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Don't call it a blog

This isn't a blog.  There may never be a second entry, and I have no expectations that it will be seen, nor will I be making any effort to write anything of interest to anyone else. What it is is a shout into the darkness by someone who has found that the most scintillating conversation at hand is sadly their own voice echoing back at them in an empty room. And before anyone pities me, I assure you that my personal life is fine and is not what is being discussed. But Retromags dead. Or

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Nintendo Power Retrospectives: Part 68

This time we’re covering issue #51 of Nintendo Power for August of 1993 “Goof Troop” Footage Courtesy of World of Longplays PushingUpRoses’ Review of King’s Quest V for PC Watch out for Fireballs Episode on Zombies Ate My Neighbors Please support my Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/countzeroor Member of The Console Xplosion Network: http://www.theconsolexplosion.com/ Watch my Live-Streams on http://twitch.tv/countzeroor/ Games Reviewed: Street Fighter II Turbo – Capcom Zombies Ate My N

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Book Review: Empire of the Imagination

I don’t know if you know this, but I like tabletop RPGs. I really like tabletop RPGs. So, when I learned of the massive amount of scholarship going around RPGs and the history thereof, I got really excited. Though not the first book on the topic that I picked up (that being Of Dice And Men, which I reviewed in the fourth issue of my fanzine) this is one of the first, and one that warrants some discussion. Empire of the Imagination is a biography of E. Gary Gygax – co-creator of Dungeons and Dra

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Comic Review: Droids – The Kalarba Adventures

Coming a few months after the first installment of Tales of the Jedi, we get an episodic, more comedic Star Wars comic, focusing on the comic relief of the original trilogy – R2-D2 and C3-P0. Writer: Dan Thorsland Art: Bill Hughes and Andy Mushynsky Lettering: Bill Pearson Colors: Pamela Rambo Covers: Cam Kennedy (#1), Kilian Plunkett (#2-6) Publication Dates: April 1st, 1994 to September 1st, 1994 This is available from Amazon.com either on it’s own, or as part of the Droids Omnibus (Kindle/

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Anime Review: Armored Trooper VOTOMS

This time I’m taking a look at another out-print anime, in the wake of Lodoss getting license rescued by Funimation, in Armored Trooper VOTOMS. Oh, and if you want to pre-order Lodoss in the wake of its license rescue, it’s available from Amazon & RightStuf Please support my Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/countzeroor Member of The Console Xplosion Network: http://www.theconsolexplosion.com/ Watch my Live-Streams on http://twitch.tv/countzeroor/ Filed under: Anime Tagged: Anime, ani

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