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Christmas is nearly here! In just a few days in fact. It’s the time of year, when reindeer fly through the sky, and an old fat guy breaks into your house, eats your cookies, and leaves behind a gift to say “Rubadubdub, thanks for the grub!”. Not only that,but it’s also the one time a year, when it’s ok to cut down a tree, drag it into our house and throw baubles and ribbons on it, so that it can look pretty as it slowly dies. Then toss it to the curbside for the garbage man!

Apparently it also has something to do with Jesus being born or something. However the main reason christmas is so damn popular is because it’s a day that you get presents! Yea, you also have to give presents, but if you are lucky, then you get more presents than what you give, and you can make out like a bandit!

As for me personally, I am not a huge fan of christmas. Bad things tend to happen around the holidays, and to be honest, I am usually on edge and quite grumpy this time of year. Don’t get me wrong, if someone gives me a present, I will gladly accept it, and I will even give gifts. However, I don’t deck my halls with boughs of holly, or go out in the middle of the night with a group of friends singing carols.

That being said, I do go out and get candy! Why? Christmas is the third best holiday for holiday exclusive candies! Easter being 1st, and Halloween being second. I will admit that a lot of Christmas candy is shaped like Santa Clause, but not all of them are! The rest is all cane shaped!

When I was a kid, Candy Canes came in one flavor. Peppermint! Sure, as I grew into a young adult, they came out with Cherry Candy Canes, but when I was around 5, Different Flavored Candy Canes would have sounded so sci-fi! Now, not only is there still Peppermint and Cherry, but a boat load of other flavors! Almost every flavor you could think of can be found in cane shaped sugary goodness.

So, since Christmas is so close, I decided it was high-time to head down to the local grocery store and pick me up some candy canes. When I got there, I noticed they had 2 new candy cane flavors I had not ever seen before! Sure, maybe they were there last year, and I didn’t notice it because I was so thrilled to find out cadbury mini-eggs also came in a christmas flavor(Which sadly I could not find this year).

So, being the festive SOB that I am, I picked ’em up!

First it's sour, then it's sweet! Christmas magic at work.

This ones just sour...no sweet, deal with it!

So, yea. Long story short: It’s almost christmas, and they got some new candy canes. They taste good.

 

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It’s been awhile since my last blog post, and by awhile I mean a few months. Rest assured though, that Iam not dead. In fact, I am not even slightly ill, though I did have a rough day with a BBQ pit, but that’s a story for another time.

So, where have I been, I like to imagine that you are asking your monitor right now, and in response I will answer.

You see, that last few months have been a gamers wet dream come true. Games have been popping up left and right, trying to get on the shelves, so that they can make it under your tree.

These aren’t small games either. These are big name titles! We are talking about powerhouses here! Games like Uncharted 3, Modern Warfare 3, payday, Battlefield 3 and Infamous: Festival of blood. Huge titles, that I have been looking forward to, and thus had to play.

The biggest release though has got to be Star Wars: The Old Republic! Chances are you have heard of this, even if you aren’t into Online gaming. It’s a highly anticipated chapter of the old republic game series, and if you aren’t familiar with that aspect of the star wars era, I strongly urge you to pick up Knights of the Old republic.

The game is made by Bioware, which also made the popular Knights of the Old Republic games, as well as Dragons Age and Mass Effect, and as such is similar in some aspects to all of them! The game has moral choices that Bioware is famous for, as well as easy to navigate conversation trees.

Bottom line: Is the game good? This is a dificult thing to answer. Do you like Star Wars? Do you like Bioware games? Do you like MMORPGs? If you answered yes, to any of those questions, then the answer is: Yes! The game rocks on so many levels!

However, like in all MMORPGs you get Trolls and basically childish dumbasses who come onto the general chat and become an annoyance. They tend to type in all caps, about how the game sucks and how much better the last game they played was.  They like to belittle anyone who plays the game differently from them. Not leveling fast enough? You are a N00B who doesn’t know how to play the game. Level too fast? You are a cheat or a haxx0r. Best case scenario, is you are rushing too fast through the game. They want to control your playtime! You don’t PvP, then you suck. You RP, then you suck. Luckily though, the game has an ignore feature, that doesn’t seem to have a limit to the ammount of names it can hold.

The trolls are a common occurance in any MMORPG though, and shouldn’t push you away from an exceptional game though!

Another thing I should mention is, that the game is very story driven, which for me is great! since I play a game to experience a story, not to rush through and see how fast I can level up and gather phat lewtz.

The game is also fully voice acted. Meaning, that every NPC you talk to will speak to you! Some don’t speak galactic english though, so you will need to read subtitles. However, this full on voice acting helps imerse you into the star wars universe like never before.

Personally, I think this is the best MMORPG on the market currently. Sure, there are other good ones, but this title has made me forget all about them. The player base leaves a lot to be desired though, however the server I ended up playing on, might have just attracted more dicks and douches than other servers. Maybe, that’s what I get for choosing a server simply because it had Darth in the name.

Am I surprised that I liked it? Honestly, I am! I thought I would detest this game! Simply because of my past experiences with Star Wars: Galaxies, which has got to be one of the worst games of all time! I was afraid The Old Republic was going to be similar to that. Thankfully, it wasn’t.

This is NOT a review, simply an endorsement. If this had been a review, I would have discussed the companions, the fact that you get your own ship, and I would have went on about how you can fly to iconic planets, Like Hoth and Tatooine. I however did not, because this is not a review. It’s just me, saying you really should try this game out. Even if you have a crappy older computer. One of the most amazing things about this game, is the fact that it will run on most machines. If you have a semi-modern computer, odds are you can run it. Maybe not at the highest setting, but you should still be able to run, and run it smoothly at the lowest setting.