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Duke’s Dozen: 2012

If you’re like me, you forgot all about my year-end bonus awards from 2011, until just now. I feel like 2012 has produced fewer awesome games, but then I’m always slow to catch up so I’ll probably feel differently at the end of summer 2013.

Anyway, here’s my special dozen for 2012.

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VG Playdate: Gears of War 3

I dunno.. Gears 3? People show up for that, right?

When: Sunday 30 December 2012 at 6pm UK time (1pm EST in the US) Game: Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360) Send FRs/PMs to: DukeSkath, Veterangamersuk


The Veteran Gamers Episode 155 – Merry Christmas Everyone!

Welcome to show 155.

That’s right it’s Christmas and to celebrate we had a live show where we just chatted really with no real format, but there was still plenty of gaming talk.

We also had live callers Antonio and Chris to help us celebrate and as always Jason Gol%%$$£@##@r and Vlados had a thing or two to say about

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The Walking Dead: References, Ruminations, and Reflections

48 hours after my last post about The Walking Dead, I’ve finished the game. I won’t lie — I cried like a baby, and I agree 100% that it’s my Game of the Year. (And that’s not just because it’s the first Steam game where I’ve ever gotten every achievement.) Telltale has done a glorious job of creating characters that we genuinely care about, and scenarios that evoke authentic emotion.

I’m not going to gripe this time (except in part three), because I want to make clear how much I enjoyed this game. It is now in my All Time Top Ten, and I am grateful to everyone who insisted that I play it. (Special thanks again to Amras from The Gamesmen for the gift. As a Buddhist, I prefer to receive the contentment that comes from not having new things to which I become attached. But this was one Christmas present I was happy to get.)

WARNING: Major spoilers ahead!

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The Walking Dead: Problems, Positions, and Pre-Existing Conditions

I will begin by thanking Amras from The Gamesmen for being the one who finally forced me to play The Walking Dead by gifting it to me on Steam. (I was told, erroneously, by the website Can I Play It? that it would not work on my machine. I’ve since heard folks say that such websites operate on wild speculation and should not be trusted.)

I agree with all of the superb reviews I’ve encountered, and I’m happy to admit that I was foolish to avoid playing this game for so long. I’ve only finished Chapter One, and I’m eager to play the rest. That said, three problems are picking at my brain, and I want to get them out before I proceed with the rest of this superb adventure.

These are concerns I’ve had with other games, so please don’t think I’m picking on Telltale Games. It’s also worth noting that I’m quite impressed by the storytelling, character development, dialogue, and pacing of this game so far. This article contains spoilers for Chapter One of The Walking Dead, as well as Mass Effect and Heavy Rain.

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Casting the Wide Net of Blame

This past summer I wrote an editorial for Veteran Gamers in response to a promotional article for an e-book called The Demise of Guys. In the article, the book’s authors drew highly irresponsible and sensationalistic connections between video games such as Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, and the shooting tragedy in Norway in 2011. Here we are a week removed from another horrific tragedy here in the U.S. An elementary school shooting in which 26 lives were extinguished in mere minutes by a single gunman. 20 of them young children ages 6 and 7.

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VG Playdate: Full House Poker

If you bought this game when it was on sale, then you have a moral duty to join us for our playdate! Ante up and grab a seat.

When: Sunday 23 December 2012 at 6pm UK time (1pm EST in the US) Game: Full House Poker (Xbox 360) Send FRs/PMs to: DukeSkath, Veterangamersuk