It time to pack up all the controllers, switch off the consoles and computers, and head off to frolic on the beach.
Thanks again for reading Screen Play throughout 2009, and for all of your valuable contributions.
Your humour, passion, enthusiasm, intelligence and insight makes it a pleasure to maintain the blog, and helps entertain and inform the entire Screen Play community.
Feel free to chat among yourselves during the summer hiatus, but please remember that comments will not always be published in the usual timely manner.
Screen Play will return on February 1. I hope you have a relaxing, enjoyable and safe festive season, and I look forward to resuming transmission in the new year.
SEGA Australia today confirmed that the Classification Review Board has overturned the original decision to Refuse Classification for Aliens vs Predator and has given it an MA15+ rating.
"It is with great pleasure that we announce the success of our appeal. We are particularly proud that the game will be released in its original entirety, with no content altered or removed whatsoever. This is a big win for Australian gamers. We applaud the Classification Review Board on making a decision that clearly considers the context of the game, and is in line with the modern expectations of reasonable Australians", Darren Macbeth, Managing Director, SEGA Australia.
Thanks for a great year Jason informative entertaining as usual. I'm one of those (in my head there are many of us) who read your blog daily but don't comment. I realise that isn't the vibe it's supposed to be about interaction. Maybe it's my age (almost 40) but it seems I am not old enough to call in to talkback radio (I listen right up til the calls start coming in, then switch stations before the punters start regurgitating their bile) and not young enough to comment regularly on blogs. As I say, I read yours avidly, and am usually entertained by the various regular commenters (fanbois trolls aside). Have a great xmas break everyone look forward to seeing what the new year brings! '09 can go suck whatever it finds most heinous as far as I'm concerned but gaming has kept me sane. Maybe we'll see a breakthrough in the R18+ fiasco in the New Year? We can only hope. See you all on the other side
Well I hope everyone uses their Screen Play time to make a good point on the R18+ Discussion Thingo. I'll try to make mine long and cut down as many points as possible. I will ask as many have that people don't make stupid submissions, it won't help the cause. Feel free to make a stupid submission for the other side though, you know, along the lines of "video games are childrens toys, we wouldn't have violence, sex or drugs in jewels pandora a tickle me Elmo would we?!" or "every time that someone is killed it is because they played Grand pandora retailers Theft Auto". Yeah, that might actually help more than making a good submission for the other side, considering (let's face it), the small chance that the government is going to care about gamers, they already clearly disrespect us enough to have this law in the first place.
I've gotta spend some time on that Nintendo Connection Ambassador thing, I've only got 2.
In the meantime, I'm gonna make an ANZAC themed gimmicky Pokemon team. Hopefully have it ready by the 25th of April.
Phantom Hourglass on Saturday, but that blasted Temple of the Ocean King is really giving me the pip. It's gonna be hard to go back to it (I just got to the halfway point where you set the yellow transporter).
Also finally went back to Fallout 3. pandora beads cheap I played some of it when it came out but I did something wrong and the townspeople (of Megaton) all kept killing me, it was like a death loop and I had no earlier save.
I'm loving it this time though. The gory deaths are hilarious. At one point I went down to a lake and some freakish Silent Hill looking thing ran up and before I could hit it with the baseball bat it chopped my leg off. Later, inside an old supermarket I bumped a flaming can off the table which burned me somewhat, but that was nothing because a few seconds later I stepped on a land mine or booby trap. The logic in some of the puzzles just didn't gel with my brain, so I used the in built help system a few times, but it's so pretty and the music is so nice that I forgave it.
Seriously, though, the two soundtracks are insultingly cheap at ten bucks, even if you count the games as a free bonus.
I forgot; I bought Torchlight on Steam too. It's a lot of fun, and addictive enough to cause me to go to bed at 4am on Friday night.
As for the Half Life series, my regular play through of the series is on hold in protest of the Black Mesa mod not being done yet. I'm going to sit here and pout until they release it.
Last night was an exercise in frustration as I excitedly slipped in the first disc of my new Band of Brothers Blu ray set and nothing happened. I tried to shut it down normally, and nothing continued to happen.
Now it won't read video or game discs, it won't shut down properly, and while it will play non disc based games, it crashes when you try to quit out of them.
All the while, as I was rebooting with a disc, rebooting without a disc, pulling out the power cord, leaving it off for several minutes before trying again, and so on, I am sure I could hear the Xbox 360, at the other end of the entertainment unit, mutter something about the red ring of death and chuckle to itself.
Bit of some older game finishing this weekend. Back into Force Unleashed to get some more achievements and started a play through on a harder difficulty.
Also finished the Phantom Hourglass today. I got pretty good at working my way through the bottom levels of the Temple so it was not such as chore in the end. The final boss fight was frustrating me until I figured out how to do it, and then it was pretty easy.
Plenty of Guild Wars over the weekend as well.
Wintersday festival fun in full pandora on sale online swing.
Also back on Gears 2 to get the 100,000 kills and level 100. I figure I'll be about 68 years old by the time I get those.
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