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Misa’s trip to Valve and why it made her love the company even more

Last week I had the extreme pleasure of going to downtown Bellevue and visiting the headquarters of Valve Software. While it is relatively easy to take a tour of Valve (you can contact them and arrange for a tour Tuesday or Thursday every week), this was something a little bit different. I am part of an online gaming community and, as luck would have it, one of our members is employed there and was able to arrange a ‘special’ visit. Our community came out in massive numbers (40+ of us total) and jumped at the chance to explore a company we adore at a level deeper than just playing the various games they produce or complaining on the Steam forums.

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What I’m Playing: Dishonored

Of course, first impressions are the most important and what an impression Dishonored has left on me! So far this game feels like the spiritual successor to Thief, with its intuitive sneak system and steampunk-esque aesthetic. I daresay this could be the sleeper hit of the year if it doesn’t catch much mainstream attention.

Shortly into the fall gaming season, we are already knee-deep in stuff to play

2012’s fall gaming season really opened up with a bang this year. Borderlands 2 and Torchlight II releasing around the same weekend. The indie community delivered a knock-out blow with FTL: Faster Than Light and I may or may not have a fleeting interest in trying War of the Roses. So many games in the last couple of weeks right? Well buckle up kiddos, its time to take it into the next gear.

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What has Janessa been up to?

EVERYTHING.

I’m in my final year of college, and my life has been consumed by my university. I’ll do my best to write articles here and there, because God knows how much I love smearing my opinion all over the internet.

In what little spare time I do have, some cool guys asked me to be in their podcast called “No Continues!” It’s about video games and other nerdy stuff. Please do give it a listen if you’ve got a moment.

Check it out HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cliff “CliffyB” Blesinkski leaves Epic Games

Cliff Blesinkski, who was lovingly referred to as Dude Huge in days past, has officially left Epic Games to purportedly take a break from the industry for awhile. The game designer has been with Epic for nigh on 20 years, known for classics such as Jazz Jackrabbit, Unreal Tournament and Gears of War.

The self-described “Tony Stark of videogames” has been known to draw attention for being a little eccentric and is often seen as a bit of a playboy despite recently getting married to Lauren Berggren (with a fantastic wedding invite designed by the folks at Penny-Arcade). But what usually stood out the most about the man was how passionate he was about the games he helped make, often standing in as the face for Epic on many projects. Even on projects like People Can Fly’s Bulletstorm after Epic Games purchased the developer, CliffyB stepped in to help promote and invigorate the community about the game.

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First Impressions: Medal of Honor Warfighter multiplayer

Out of the gate at PAX we quickly scanned the showroom floor for things to play. Time is limited in the first few moments of PAX, you need to get your ass in gear before the lines fill too quickly. We found Medal of Honor Warfighter with barely anyone discovering the line entrance and decided to hop into the next match. I’m glad we did too, because before long the line was pretty large and didn’t die down until later in the weekend.

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Janessa’s Post PAX Wrap-Up: Why is Nintendo so good at taking my money?

I was one of the lucky few to attend PAX this weekend for the third year in a row, and just like every year, my life will never be the same. All the big names were there: Sony, Microsoft, Bethesda and so on, displaying their upcoming titles with extravagant booths and sometimes scantily clad women. Being a straight female, I didn’t even notice the booth ladies until I accidentally ran into one because I was trying to drink from an open container and walk at the same time.

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Hey everybody: Look at how awesome my Vault 101 suit is

I’m a bit obsessed with Fallout, but I guess this should be pretty obvious seeing as I made a Vault 101 suit. I will be sporting it at PAX this year, but I just couldn’t wait till then to show it off, so here it is!

The front. The belt is a tad difficult to see, but it’s there! I realize the blue is a bit too dark, but it is still awesome, in my opinion.

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Collusion and round of ARAM at MLG disqualifies top teams from LoL tournament

Over the weekend Major League Gaming held its semi-annual tournament for several games including StarCraft II and newly added and now ridiculously popular League of Legends. In one of their first rounds the top two teams at the tournament: Dignitas and Curse NA secretly agreed to a round of the fairly popular ARAM variation of LoL to the obvious confusion of the crowds. But what also happened behind the scenes was much worse as both teams came out as colluding for profit.

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Bellingham Retro Gaming Night Wrap-up

Last night was a huge success! The Glow was packed with people enjoying some classic video games and listening to some great music. Big thanks to anyone who came out, and I hope you had a blast! I sure did…Definitely still felt it this morning.