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October 12th, 2012

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Well, I'm awake and I'm at work, and while I'm still wheezing and coughing, I feel much better than I did earlier this week. It's all good.

I've played Transformers: Fall of Cybertron recently and will probably play it again a few times just to poke around the world and follow a strategy guide. It's the first game I've played in a long time where I didn't consult some form of walkthrough (except for exactly once, when I had spent ten minutes in a given spot and couldn't figure out how to get my circumstances to change, but all I had to read was 'Follow the prompt and change Grimlock to dino mode or the enemies will never stop coming' and then I closed down the page immediately). I kind of died a lot as a result and missed a lot of the extra material lying around the world. That's fine, though. I made it through in the end. Overall I was pretty pleased with the game. I've got X-Com coming up next week, once I get paid; I adored that game in college and wanna play it on the 360 now. Hopefully it'll be good. I've avoided any exposure to the new version other than a brief glance at about two minutes of a ten minute gameplay video, so I know nothing about the new port.

I'll resume Notes From New Vegas next week, though. I've got the notes for the next section on my new PC (had to replace the old one after a water spill) and should be able to coax something out of them soon, so I'll get back into swing on that. Might take some time off to visit the Capital Wasteland, though. As much as I admit that Fallout: New Vegas is a less buggy and probably better-written game with more compelling characters, I really rather liked FO3 better overall. Possibly because of the desolation. New Vegas has a certain amount of 'well, this COULD be post-apocalyptic, or this COULD just be that the economy went to pot' about it- it's not that human civilization in the area was destroyed so much as the desert shrugged a little harder than usual and man had to back down in the face of it. FO3? 'Man brought this on himself. Big time. One hundred per cent. What're you gonna do about it?'. That, and... well, in FO3, your story line ultimately amounts to 'save all of humanity, or a significant portion of humanity, from total extinction'. In New Vegas? It's 'settle a political struggle'. Not really the same stakes. I dunno, maybe it's just me.

Anyway, that's not gonna stop me, there's gonna be Notes From New Vegas again soon. And then, who knows?

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August 20th, 2012

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I'm gonna pick up on my Notes From New Vegas schedule, I promise, but I thought I might mention that I started a new game today for the first time. Sleeping Dogs, from Square Enix. You're a Hong Kong undercover cop, and there are gangs; fill in the blanks from there.

I've played for all of twenty minutes and I already care more about Wei Shen and busting the Triads than I did about anything or anybody, least of all Cole Phelps, in several hours of playing L.A. Noire. I'm more interested in the world, too.

So, yeah.

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August 19th, 2012

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Notes From New Vegas 54: Okay, I Found You, Will You Shut Up Now?

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July 28th, 2012

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Notes From New Vegas 53: That's It, This Guy Is Toast

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July 10th, 2012

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Notes From New Vegas 51: Oh Dear God What Is That Thing

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July 4th, 2012

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Notes From New Vegas 50: We Can't Stop Here, This Is Allegory Country

Happy Independence Day, everybody. Sorry about the delay. I know I said 'tune in next week', but I've been in the middle of a seriously nasty heat wave and turning on my Xbox tends to create almost as much heat as my air conditioner nullifies. I don't believe in Method gaming, so the Lonesome Road stuff had to wait until the area cooled down a bit.

Spoilers for Fallout New Vegas: Lonesome Road ahead.Collapse )Tune in next week for horrible things with scales on!

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June 23rd, 2012

Notes From New Vegas 49

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Notes From New Vegas 49: Good Lord, I Never Thought I'd Be Carrying On About This Game For This Long

Okay, so.

Those of you who have been following this feature for some time know where the story stands at the moment, or at least I imagine you do. It's been a while since I began and there was that hiatus in the middle before I started on Dead Money. Those of you who only started reading recently might or might not want to go back and have a look at the earlier parts of Janice's odyssey through Fallout New Vegas- admittedly, the first few entries are more concerned with game mechanics and graphics than with the storyline, since I was just getting used to FNV and its differences from FO3, but still. In that spirit, and the spirit of not making you use the journal tag feature, here are links to parts one through forty-eight of Notes From New Vegas, and then part 49 proper.

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Thank you for sticking with Notes From New Vegas 1-49. Tune in next week for episode fifty, in which Janice finds out that she probably should've stuck with the razor clawed murder death lizards in the first place. It's just going to be that kind of a day.

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June 16th, 2012

Notes From New Vegas 48

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Notes From New Vegas 48: Well, That Went More Smoothly Than Expected

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June 10th, 2012

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Notes From New Vegas 47: Make Your Own Damn Brain Puns Here, Okay?

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Notes From New Vegas 46: The Brain Behind The Curtain

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June 4th, 2012

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Notes From New Vegas 45: Look On My Works, Ye Mighty, And AUGH ROBOT SCORPIONS

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May 12th, 2012

Notes From New Vegas 43

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Notes From New Vegas 43: Even The Other Brains Think You're Crazy, Borous

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April 29th, 2012

Notes From New Vegas 42

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Notes From New Vegas 42: No, Seriously, What The Hell Is Wrong With You People

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Notes From New Vegas 41: Never Mind Oldman, Gary Busey Couldn't Play This Kind Of Crazy

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April 22nd, 2012

Notes From New Vegas 40

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Notes From New Vegas 40: There's No Place Like Home, There's No Place Like Home- DAMMIT SHOES COOPERATE ALREADY

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April 9th, 2012

Notes From New Vegas 38

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Notes From New Vegas 38: Goodbye to Utah and the MORMON OF DOOM

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April 7th, 2012

Notes From New Vegas 37

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Notes From New Vegas 37: BEARS BEARS BEARS AUGH BEARS

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March 4th, 2012

Notes From New Vegas 36

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Notes For New Vegas 36: The Terminal Man

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February 20th, 2012

Notes From New Vegas 35

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Notes From New Vegas 35: Yes Sir, Okay Sir, Please Don't Look At Me Like That Sir

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