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VG Playdate: Rainbow Six Vegas 2

OOPS! I just remembered I’m going to be an hour late for this. Feel free to start without me..

Grab yer grapple and join us for some R6V2 action. Be there!

When: Sunday 1 July 2012 at 6pm GMT (1pm EST) Game: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (Xbox 360) Send FRs/PMs to: DukeSkath, Veterangamersuk


The Veteran Gamers Episode 129 – This Week Duke Mentions Poo!

Welcome to show 129.

This week Duke has been playing yawn, yawn…Skyrim, Red Dead Redemption, MW3 and Gears of War 3 (did we get in a Delorian?), Chinny played more Minecraft and Prototype and The Daddy played The Darkness 2, Magic The Gathering – Duels Of The Plane Walkers 2013 and more Minecraft.

VlaDOS gives us the Spectrum classic

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Dawnguard: Somewhat Disappointing

Everyone who listens to the VeteranGamers podcast knows that there is no bigger Skyrim fanboy than I. Likewise, everyone who listens to the show also knows that no game has captivated me quite like Skyrim has. Three playthroughs, putting me at 300 hours or so total game time.

I’d wager that no one in the US purchased the new Skyrim DLC Dawnstar before I did. As a teacher, my body is accustomed to waking up at 5:30 AM, and it doesn’t just go away in the summertime. So it was that on Tuesday I leapt out of bed and began the download. (Before it was even a featured item on the XBox Dashboard, ha!)

In two days I have finished the main storyline and acquired most of the new achievements. I can’t be totally comprehensive, for reasons that will soon be made clear. I will, however, avoid spoilers and try to keep this short.

The verdict: It’s good, but not great.

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Classic DOS Games (Infographic)

Take a walk down memory lane. I was a Mac user from way back, but I played quite a few of these..

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VG Playdate: Gears of War 3

Join us for some King of the Hill — and maybe Horde — action tomorrow. WOO!

When: Sunday 23 June 2012 at 6pm GMT (1pm EST) Game: Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360) Send FRs/PMs to: DukeSkath, Veterangamersuk


The Veteran Gamers Episode 128 – Veteran Gamers Minecast!

Welcome to show 128.

This week Duke played Uplink, Top Gun Hard Lock, Bang Bang Racing and or course Skyrim. The Daddy succumbed to Minecraft and played little else and Chinny is also still addicted to Minecraft and finished the Ghost Recon single player game.

VlaDOS gives us Apple Jack 2 to play and we also debate the supposed

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Finding a Home in Video Games

Let me say right away that this piece is not about how I feel at home in the world of video games. That’s a very different post, one which I sort of already wrote. Also note that this piece has a spoiler in the final section (“Bethesda Does It Right”) about Skyrim’s Dark Brotherhood questline.

I’m beginning to realize how much I prefer open-world games to linear experiences. So much of my life is dictated by outside forces that I treasure the option to explore or goof around or experiment in a game world. Indeed, a case might be made that linear games don’t really let us experience a game world so much as one narrow strip of activity within a world. But there’s something else too.

I’ve realized the importance of home in an open-world game.

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